This is a question we hear often. Indeed science and research make up an essential field of functions in national park work. But that alone cannot suffice as a reply. Sound science and research activities by the national park are important in many regards. On the one hand, there is still plenty to discover in the Hohe Tauern – a huge natural and cultural region with a turbulent history. On the other hand, detailed scientific fundamental data is needed for national p[ark planning – be it for natural environment management and education or visitor support and public relations.
Research is intended to support the work of the national park administration by means of the following focal points:
- Completing inventory work: e.g.: representative, endangered, endemic and ecologically relevant species (biodiversity), biocoenosis, processes in nature and abiotic conditions (geodiversity).
Developing scientific fundamentals for the implementation of international commitments: e.g.: Natura 2000, Alpine Convention, Biodiversity Convention and the IUCN-criteria.
Developing and implementing long-term monitoring: Developing methods, procedures and strategies for national park relevant issues, e.g. change processes and success monitoring in natural environment management.
Interdisciplinary evaluations and interpretations: e.g. concerning the condition of national park protected resources, man-nature-interactions, consequences of climate change and changes in use.
Ensuring quality assurance: Developing criteria, instruments and measures for the entire business area of "Science and Research Coordination" of the Hohe Tauern National Park.
For this purpose, a new research concept was drawn up, which is to be implemented in stages by 2020.