|Hauhs, M; Lange, H: I: The land use history of the Lange Bramke catchments, Harz mountains, Workshop Proceedings IAHS Red Book series, 336, 19-23 (2010)|
The Lange Bramke catchment has been investigated as a monitored catchment since sixty years now. However, its utilization history even dates back to medieval times, and is well documented in part. The intense interplay between ore mining, forestry, and water resources exploitation left remains such as scoriae piles and imprinted on forest growth, e.g. due to local pollution at smelter locations. In this first part of our contribution, we will demonstrate that considering local land use history is important for a proper understanding and interpretation of modern monitoring data, and lay out a theoretical framework for the integration of the two data sources. This requires, however, a joint approach that combines two modelling paradigms, the functional one dominating in current ecosystem research, and an interactive one which best characterizes the human-environment relationship in historic times.