Ecology of post-mining sites


Lignite-mining in Lower Lusatia (Welzow Süd)Development of biodiversityEcology of post-mining-sitesEcosystem development of reclaimed post-mining sitesEcosystem development in post-mining sitesGrowth analysis of fast-growing trees at post-mining sites

ANFOREK - Applied research for reclamation of post-mining sites in the Lusatian lignite mining district

Objective of the research project ANFOREK is the understanding of ecosystem functioning of reclaimed post-mining sites in the Lusatian lignite mining district. Reclamation measures will be investigated and evaluate with the aim to improve the ecosystem processes in reclaimed post-mining sites.

In general, the newly created landscapes can be regarded as an ecosystem at the point zero with drastic changes in topography, hydrology and biogeochemical processes compared to the original ecosystem. The dumped overburden material has little or no recent soil organic matter, low nutrient content and low water holding capacity. Planting trees is a common measure in reclamation practices on post-mining to restore ecosystem functioning and land-use of degraded landscapes. Our research focus is on fast-growing trees, mainly on black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) and to some extent hybrid-poplars and aspen (Populus spec.). Ecophysiological measurments in combination with growth analysis will provide more informations for better managment and application of fast-growing trees at reclaimed post-mining sites. Furthermore, the ecosystem development of natural habitats is investigated.

  • Short-rotation forestry at reclaimed post-mining sites
  • Ecosystem services
  • Ecosystem development


Funded by LEAG - Lausitzer Energie- und Bergbau AG, Cottbus. Since 2017 - ongoing

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