IFEM students Merlin Hartwig and Timm Dörder take us on a virtual forest tour to disturbed ecosystems in the Lower Oder Valley National Park. Since 2018, the park has experienced loss of forest area and vitality.

Since 2018, the forests in the Lower Oder Valley National Park have been under severe pressure. The rate of forest loss has increased dramatically. The functioning of the forest as an ecosystem is severely threatened. The dying of the forest and the associated threat of permanent forest loss leads to other threats, including Forest fires, dominance of invasive species, loss of habitats and biodiversity. Globally, climate change is one of the main reasons for the failure of forest ecosystems. As climate change is a global issue, the students wanted to make it possible for people all over the world to see it’s local effects on the forests of Brandenburg.

The images for the tour were captured in different calamity areas. The 360° tour enables interested parties worldwide to see the current state. In addition to the visual experience, the students included links with information on the trees. The Project was developed as part of the „Digital Forest Analysis Module“ at the University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde.