Obergurgl, AT, Alpo, vegetationdata, 2010

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Vegetation and environmental data of the study site Putzach, a region in Obergurgl, are presented Vegetation data as well as pH-values were collected in 2010 as a part of the ALPO-Project (Alpine Land Use around Obergurgl). ALPO - Alpine Land Use around Obergurgl (Tyrol, Austria) (2010-2011): In the Inner Ötztal Valley, humans are supposed to have been present since at least 9600 years (archaeological data). Grazing indicator species were recorded at the treeline ecotone by palynological means for the last 6300 years. Thus, the extant landscape in this area is an expression of (pre-)historical and actual land use, driven by ecological and socio-economical constraints. The interdisciplinary project ALPO contributes therefore to the understanding of recent and (pre-)historical land use by means of toponomastic and historical knowledge, by investigating archaeological structures, and by studying present and past vegetation. The locality of Putzach (Obergurgl, Ötztal, Tyrol, Austria; 2300 m a.s.l.) was selected as key research area (i) to clarify the role of past climate and human activities, (ii) to evaluate the diversity changes due to land use changes, and (iii) to correlate microtoponomastic characteristics to archaeological findings and actual vegetation, and to palynological/ archaeobotanical data.






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Sunday, August 8, 2010 to Monday, August 23, 2010

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