Articles | Volume 20, issue 14
Research article
21 Jul 2023
Research article |  | 21 Jul 2023

Primary succession and its driving variables – a sphere-spanning approach applied in proglacial areas in the upper Martell Valley (Eastern Italian Alps)

Katharina Ramskogler, Bettina Knoflach, Bernhard Elsner, Brigitta Erschbamer, Florian Haas, Tobias Heckmann, Florentin Hofmeister, Livia Piermattei, Camillo Ressl, Svenja Trautmann, Michael H. Wimmer, Clemens Geitner, Johann Stötter, and Erich Tasser


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • CC1: 'Comment on bg-2022-248', Danilo Godone, 25 Jan 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on CC1', Katharina Ramskogler, 31 Jan 2023
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2022-248', Anonymous Referee #1, 03 Mar 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Katharina Ramskogler, 08 Mar 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2022-248', Anonymous Referee #2, 07 Mar 2023
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Katharina Ramskogler, 17 Mar 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (28 Mar 2023) by David Bowling
AR by Katharina Ramskogler on behalf of the Authors (02 May 2023)  Author's response 
EF by Sarah Buchmann (03 May 2023)  Manuscript   Author's tracked changes 
ED: Publish as is (02 Jun 2023) by David Bowling
AR by Katharina Ramskogler on behalf of the Authors (12 Jun 2023)
Short summary
Primary succession in proglacial areas depends on complex driving forces. To concretise the complex effects and interaction processes, 39 known explanatory variables assigned to seven spheres were analysed via principal component analysis and generalised additive models. Key results show that in addition to time- and elevation-dependent factors, also disturbances alter vegetation development. The results are useful for debates on vegetation development in a warming climate.
Final-revised paper