Research

Research

Research of the Park’s natural values and cultural heritage is one of the principal activities of the Nothern Velebit National Park Public Institution. Systematic research activities began in 2002, the year of establishment of the Institution. About forty research projects have been carried out to date, most of which long-term in nature.

To a large extent, the past and current projects are focused on making an inventory or list of the Park’s natural values (individual plant, fungus and animal groups and habitats) and cultural assets. Also, research is conducted to illuminate the functioning of ecosystems and monitoring programs are being developed.

 

 

The role of the Institution is to promote, organize and support scientific and specialist research activities and to participate in their implementation. Research projects within the National Park are conducted by numerous collaborators and associates - scientific and specialist institutions, individuals and professional organizations.

Research activities are also a basis for planning management actions in the Park – zoning, protection and preservation measures, setting up of monitoring, visitor management, education etc.

More detailed information on research projects implemented so far can be obtained from the Park Management. Please send you inquiries to our expert staff.

 

 

List of the most significant research to date:

  • Geological, geomorphological and speleological research
  • Biological and ecological research and monitoring
  • Cultural heritage research

Geological, geomorphological and speleological research

 

RESEARCH TITLE

MAIN RESEARCHER/RESEARCH INSTITUTION

 

Sedimentological and paleontological characteristics of sedimenting sequences of Northern Velebit NP

dr. Velić, Croatian Geological Survey, Zagreb

 

Research of morene sediment bodies in Northern Velebit NP

dr. Velić, Geolog d.o.o.

 

Research of exokarstic relief of the Park

dr. Perica, Faculty of Science, Zagreb

 

Hydrogeological research of Štirovača area

dr. Pavičić, Croatian Geological Survey, Zagreb

 

Inventory of speleological objects in Northern Velebit NP

Speleological section of University Mountaineering club "Velebit", Zagreb

 

Speleological expedition Slovačka jama 2002

Speleological section of University Mountaineering club "Velebit", Zagreb

 

Speleological expedition Crikvena 2003

PD Dubovac, Karlovac

 

Speleological expedition Velebita 2004

Speleological section of University Mountaineering club "Velebit", Zagreb

 

Speleological expedition Velebita 2005

Speleological section of University Mountaineering club "Velebit", Zagreb

 

Speleological expedition Lubuška jama 2006

Speleological section of University Mountaineering club "Velebit", Zagreb

 

Speleological expedition Velebita 2007

Speleological section of University Mountaineering club "Velebit", Zagreb

 

Speleological expedition Velebita 2008

Speleological section of University Mountaineering club "Velebit", Zagreb

 

Speleological expedition Lubuška jama 2009

Speleological section of University Mountaineering club "Velebit", Zagreb

 

Expedition Lukina jama 2010

Speleological section of University Mountaineering club "Velebit", Zagreb

 

Recognition of speleological objects in the western part of Northern Velebit NP

Speleological club Lika, Gospić


Biological and ecological research and monitoring

 

RESEARCH TITLE

MAIN RESEARCHER/RESEARCH INSTITUTION

 

Flora of Premužić trail and Štirovača area

dr. Topić, Faculty of Science, Zagreb

 

Inventory of butterflies, mammals, spiders, reptiles and amphibians, birds and subterranean fauna – preliminary research

BIUS – the Biology Students Association, Zagreb

 

Faunistic surveys

dr. Tvrtković, Croatian nautal history museum, Zagreb

 

Inventory of funghi

dr. Tkalčec, dr. Mešić, Croatian Mycological Society, Zagreb; Matočec, Kušan, ASCOLab, Zagreb

 

Vascular flora, bats, mammals, birds, biospelological research, butterflies

KEC project – different cooperating institutions

 

Bark beetle fauna of Northern Velebit NP with emphasis on spruce bark beetles and accompanying xylophagous and saproxylic beetles

dr. Hrašovec, Faculty of Forestry, Zagreb

 

Bark beetle population monitoring

dr. Hrašovec, Faculty of Forestry, Zagreb

 

Hortulan bunting population monitoring

K. Mikulić, Association for Biological Research - BIOM, Zagreb

 

Pedological research

dr. Vrbek, Croatian Forest research institute, Jastrebarsko

 

Monitoring of precipitation waters

dr. Vrbek, Croatian Forest research institute, Jastrebarsko

 

Pond and spring water quality monitoring

Northern Velebit NP PI

 

Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) and hazel grouse (Tetrastes bonasia) research

dr. Krapinec, Faculty of Forestry, Zagreb

 

Wolf research and monitoring

dr. Kusak, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagreb

 

Mapping of grasslands, Determining changes of grassland surface area and making land cover map

dr. Pernar, Faculty of Forestry, Zagreb

 

Floristic and vegetation research of grasslands

dr. Alegro, Croatian Botanical Society, Zagreb

 

Role of reductive factors in development of bark beetle gradation

dr. Hrašovec, Faculty of Forestry, Zagreb

 

Inventory of grassland butterflies and moths

dr. Kučinić, I. Mihoci, Natura, Zagreb; Association for Biological Research - BIOM, Zagreb

 

Owl population monitoring

dr. Tutiš, Institute of Ornithology with the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb

 

Permanent monitoring of spruce (Picea abies) ecosystems

dr. Vukelić, dr. Mikac, Faculty of Forestry, Zagreb

 

Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) and other birds of prey population monitoring

K. Mikulić, Association for Biological Research - BIOM, Zagreb

 

Inventory of saproxilic fauna

dr. Hrašovec, Faculty of Forestry, Zagreb

 

Inventory of grassland spiders

S. Kemfelja, Association for Biological Research - BIOM, Zagreb

 

Inventory of grassland and rocky habitats carabids

S. Koch, independent associate-researcher

 

Woodpecker population monitoring initiation

dr. Ćiković, Institute of Ornithology with the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb


Cultural heritage research

 

RESEARCH TITLE

MAIN RESEARCHER/RESEARCH INSTITUTION

 

Inventory of cultural heritage

Prof. Nekić, Senj City Museum; dr. Olujić, Faculty of Philosophy, Zagreb

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