Eidg. Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft
Description of the organization
The WSL is a federal research institute within the domain of the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). It employs 260 scientists, 130 technical and administrative persons, 130 PHD students and 40 master students. The research at the WSL is focused on ecological problems in mountainous regions in the broadest sense. Main topics are natural hazards, management and protection of near-natural, terrestrial habitats, biodiversity and sustainability. Research activities at the WSL are conducted under 15 separate research units – one of which is the Dendro Science Division.
Expertise and experience of the organization
David Frank is the leader of the Palaeoclimatology Group of the Dendro Science Division and conducts research in understanding and reconstructing climate change and its impacts on ecological systems using tree-ring, instrumental, and other proxy data archives. The group specializes in the development and analysis of millennial length tree-ring chronologies and is at the international forefront of utilizing wood density variations for climate reconstruction. Group members regularly publish in top-ranking international journals and are involved in both national and international research projects. Strong collaborative links are maintained with the three other groups of the Dendro Science Division, Swiss, EC, and American researchers.
Selected reference projects
Responsibilities in CARBO-Extreme
Key scientific / technical personnel
Dr. David Frank (Group-leader Palaeoclimatology); Climate reconstruction & dynamics, time-series and reconstruction methods, early instrumental data.
Selected recent relevant publications
Esper J, Frank DC, Büntgen U, Verstege A, Luterbacher J, Xoplaki E, Long-term drought severity variations in Morocco. Geophysical Research Letters 34, 2007. link to publisher
Frank D, Büntgen U, Böhm R, Maugeri M, Esper J, Warmer early instrumental measurements versus colder reconstructed temperatures: shooting at a moving target. Quaternary Science Reviews 26(25-28), 3298-3310, 2007. link to publisher
Frank D, Esper J, Cook ER, Adjustment for proxy number and coherence in a large-scale temperature reconstruction. Geophysical Research Letters 34, 2007. link to publisher
Stige LC, Chan K, Zhang Z, Frank D, Stenseth NC., Thousand-year-long Chinese time series reveals climatic forcing of decadal locust dynamics. PNAS 104(41), 16188-16193, 2007. link to publisher
Treydte K, Frank D, and 38 co-authors, Signal strength and climate calibration of a European tree-ring isotope network. Geophysical Research Letters 34, L24302, 2007. link to publisher