Study programmes / B-ARB Arboristics / Dendrochronology
Course code:DCH
Course title in language of instruction:Dendrochronologie
Course title in Czech:Dendrochronologie
Course title in English:Dendrochronology
Mode of completion and number of credits:Fulfillment of requirements (3 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 1/2; part-time, 16/0
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week; part-time, lectures per period / seminars per period)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor; master; master continuing; doctor
Semester:SS 2018/2019 - FFWT
Name of lecturer:Ing. Tomáš Kolář, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
doc. Ing. Michal Rybníček, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
doc. Ing. Hanuš Vavrčík, Ph.D. (instructor, lecturer)
Prerequisites:not State Bachelor Examination or now State Bachelor Examination
Aims of the course:Introduction to the methodology of sampling and measurement of samples, learning the work with the dating software, using of tree-ring analysis and their interpretation, information about the latest methods of European dendrochronology. Knowledge of dating historical and recent wood.
Course contents:
1.Introduction (allowance 1/1)
2.Wood Anatomy (allowance 1/2)
3.Principles of Dendrochronology I. (allowance 1/2)
4.Principles of Dendrochronology II. (allowance 1/2)
5.Dendrochronology in Archaeology (allowance 1/2)
6.Dendroecology (allowance 1/3)
7.Subfossil Wood and 14C dating (allowance 1/2)
8.Another application of Dendrochronology (allowance 1/2)
9.Seminar 1 - practical exhibition of Dendrochronology (allowance 0/9)
10.Seminar 2 - practical exhibition of Dendrochronology (allowance 0/9)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to communicate with professionals in different field of study
-ability to speak and write in mother tongue
-ability to work independently
-capacity to adapt to new situations
-capacity to learn
-ethical commitment
-general knowledge
-quality concept awareness
-science and research skills
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Ability to apply of branch knowledge for solutions of practice forestry problems.
-Ability to identify European wood species at macroscopic level
-Interpretation of data analysis
-Tree-ring analysis ability

Type of course unit:optional
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:For successful completion of the course attendance in lessons is required as well as submission of a seminar paper, and passing an electronic credit test at 70%.

The seminar paper will be divided as follows: 1 Title page (title, names of all members of the group, field, date, ...), 2 Aim of the study, 3 Material and methodology (description of a stand, sampling, sample preparation, sample measurement, dating samples), 4 Results (graphs - synchronization of individual tree-ring series, analysis of significant negative pointer years - which years were significantly negative and how many trees responded negatively in these years) - all accompanied with verbal comments, 5 Discussion, 6 Conclusion, 7 References.

The electronic credit test takes 30 minutes. A total of 20 questions in four categories will be generated: 5 questions from the field of subfossil wood; 5 questions from the field of wood anatomy; 5 questions from the field of dendroecology; 5 questions from the field of dendrochronological dating. To successfully pass the test you must achieve at least 70% success rate.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendanceCombined form
Direct teaching
     lecture14 h16 h
     practice28 h0 h
     preparation for exam10 h14 h
     preparation for regular testing10 h14 h
     writing of seminar paper22 h40 h
Total84 h84 h

Basic reading list
  • DRÁPELA, K. -- ZACH, J. Dendrometrie (Dendrochronologie). 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 1995. 149 p. ISBN 80-7157-178-4.
  • ÚRADNÍČEK, L. et al. Dřeviny České republiky. 2nd ed. Kostelec nad Černými lesy: Lesnická práce, 2009. 367 p. ISBN 978-80-87154-62-5.
  • VINAŘ, J. et al. Historické krovy: typologie, průzkum, opravy. 1st ed. Grada, 2010. 448 p. Stavitel. ISBN 978-80-247-3038-7.
  • VINAŘ, J. et al. Historické krovy II: průzkumy a opravy. 1st ed. Praha: Grada Publishing, 2005. 301 p. ISBN 80-247-1111-7.
  • Fundamentals of tree-ring research. University of Arizona Press, 333 p. ISBN 978-0-8165-2684-0.
Recommended reading list
  • COOK, E. -- KAIRIUKSTIS, L. Methods of Dendrochronology. Applications in the Environmental Sciences. Dordrecht, Kluwer Academic Publishers and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, 1990.
  • SCHWEINGRUBER, F H. Tree rings and environment dendroecology. Berne: Paul Haupt Publishers, 1996. 609 p. ISBN 3-258-05458-4.
  • SCHWEINGRUBER, F H. Trees and Wood in Dendrochronology : Morphological, Anatomical, and Tree-Ring. Analytical Characteristics . Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1993. 6 p. Springer Series in Wood Science. ISBN 3-540-54915-3.
  • WAGENFÜHR, R. Holzatlas. 5th ed. München: Fachbuchverlag Leipzig im Carl Hanser Verlag, 2000. 707 p. ISBN 3-446-21390-2.