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The activity of forest biometrics addresses a specific issue of dendrometry, auxology, dendrochronology, monitoring and forest economy.


Popa Ionel

Senior researcher I, head of the Campulung Moldovenesc Research Section

Research Team Manager (E1)

Areas of interest: dendrochronology, dendroclimatology, dendrometry, climate changes

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The main objective of the research team consists in the integration of inter- and multidisciplinary problems specific to dendrometry, forest management, dendrochronology for the long-term ecological research/monitoring of forest ecosystems under the action of various stress factors, mainly climate change and atmospheric pollution.

Objectives – Research directions

  • ecological and statistical-mathematical substantiation of biological processes from the point of view of forest biometrics;
  • development of biometric methodologies and models for trees and stands;
  • assessment of the quality of trees and stands by modern methods and techniques;
  • development of dendrochronological series networks for tree and shrub species;
  • the modeling of auxological processes at the intra- and interannual level;
  • assessment of the resistance and resilience of forest ecosystems to environmental changes;
  • analysis of the structure, dynamics, production and productivity of forest ecosystems;
  • the development of specialized IT applications for various activities in forestry practice (evaluation of the volume of wood intended for commercialization, development of forestry facilities, etc.);
  • the operation, improvement and development of the forest monitoring system applied in Romania;
  • the development of long-term research to monitor the state of forest ecosystems under the influence of pollution and environmental changes;
  • the development of methodologies for the economic assessment of forest resources;
  • the development and implementation of specific models for determining the carbon stock in forest biomass and the inventory of greenhouse gases on the forest component.






Within the E1 research team, 4 Senior researchers I, 6 Senior researchers II, 8 Junior researchers, 2 Researchers, 2 Researchers trainee, 3 Technological development engineers, 11 employees work as auxiliary staff.

Research infrastructure and services

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Research infrastructure


  • Management of European and international integrated monitoring networks (ICP-Forests, LTER, Mottles, Rodendronet);
  • The research network for the foundation of methods, mathematical-auxological models and dendrometric tables and production tables;
  • Integrated systems for monitoring environmental and ecosystem parameters;
  • Internationally intercalibrated modern laboratories (polluting deposition analysis, dendrochronology and wood study, leaf analyses).

Research services


  • Elaboration of dendrochronological series and historical wood dating;
  • Wood anatomy services (species identification, microsections);
  • Monitoring atmospheric deposition and soil solution in forest ecosystems;
  • Air quality monitoring in forests;
  • Forestry management services;
  • Forestry expertise regarding the quantitative and qualitative assessment of forest resources.

Relevant projects

  • Adaptation and resilience to climate change in Carpathian forests. Interspecific approach and at different temporal levels. Program 4 – Basic and Frontier Research, Exploratory Research Project (PCE 2021) (2022-2024)


  • Increasing the economic competitiveness of the forestry sector and the quality of life through the transfer of knowledge, technology and CDI skills (CRESFORLIFE), POC Program, Axis 1, Action 1.2.3. (2019-2023)


  • Prototyping an Earth-Observation based monitoring and forecasting system for the Romanian forest – EO-ROFORMON, Competitiveness Operational Program 2014-2020, Axis 1, Section E. (2016 –2020)


  • Long-term dynamics of the state of representative forest ecosystems in protected areas (LTER Retezat, Bucegi-Piatra Craiului and Lunca Mureșului Natural Park sites) PN 19070101 (2019-2022)


  • Monitoring of forest ecosystems in Romania in accordance with the forest surveillance systems adopted at European level (Level I and II), PN 19070102, (2019-2022)


  • Research on increasing productivity in the activity of forest management by organizing production and work in relation to the current applied technologies, PN 19070105, (2019-2022)


  • Optimizing the system of organization and structural management of forests in order to ensure their sustainable management, PN 19070103 (2019-2022)


  • The improvement of the multifunctional long-term ecological research system of the state of some representative forest ecosystems in Romania in order to develop new scientific knowledge on the effects of atmospheric pollution, climate change and other stress factors and their exploitation for decision-making purposes, PN 230901101 (2023-2026 )


  • Scientific contributions regarding the foundation of methods and models for establishing the value of ecosystem functions and services provided by forests, adapted to the Romanian system of classification and functional zoning, PN 230901202, (2023-2026)


  • New scientific foundations for the development of integrated solutions, models and methods specific to a climate-smart forest management, sustainable and adapted to the socio-economic system, PN 230901201, (2023-2026)

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