Michaela Teich

Austrian Research Centre for Forests Austria

Dr. Michaela Teich is a forest scientist with a special interest in working in inter- and transdisciplinary teams, aiming to contribute to the sustainable management of protective forests and natural hazard risks in mountain areas. She earned a master’s degree from Technische Universität Dresden in 2006, before joining the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Switzerland as a research assistant. In 2014, she completed her Ph.D. on forest-avalanche interactions at ETH Zurich, and then studied the snowpack in bark beetle- and fire-disturbed forests for four years at Utah State University, USA. Dr. Teich is currently leading the Unit of Snow and Avalanches at the Department of Natural Hazards of the Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW).

Michaela Teich

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Protective forests are a key component to reduce natural hazard risks in mountain areas by preventing or decreasing the frequency, magnitude and/or intensity of snow avalanches, rockfall, landslides, floods, and debris flows. This book summarizes the state-of-the-art knowledge and introduces methods and decision support tools to facilitate the use of protective forests for Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR) as part of an integrated risk management in the Alpine Space. Moreover, it highlights how translating scientific knowledge into practical solutions can only be achieved by an active and iterative exchange with practitioners and policy makers, and a common understanding of applied concepts and definitions. Only then can protective forests be managed sustainably under constantly changing climate and socio-economic conditions.

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