Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

Understanding and

Research creates the basis for developments in nature to be better understood, made easier to communicate and as a result be better protected. The protected area is an inexhaustible open-air laboratory. Scientists are involved in compiling an inventory of the plant and animal species in the protected area, as well as in the changes that climate change makes to the sensitive high-mountain eco-system. This research provides the basis for the management of the national park and is therefore an important contribution to preserving the natural and cultural heritage.

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For what reason?

For what reason?The research creates the basis for the protection and development of the national park and for educational work.

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What?Research wants to detect, understand and document natural developments in the national park..

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How?Scientific and social scientific methods provide valuable data for mankind and for managing the national park management.

Research focus


Conclusions can be drawn about changes to eco-systems thanks to on-going scientific monitoring of selected observation areas.

Capturing and documenting the biodiversity in flora and fauna as well as the geodiversity in the protected area and its surroundings is an interdisciplinary research task.

Research in the national park is an important contribution to the development of nature and species protection, along with the development of the entire region and society.

The latest technologies enable tasks to be completed more efficiently and more accurately.

The Hohe Tauern National Park sees itself as part of the economy and society of the entire region. Research also supports further development here. 

Technical solutions and standards allow us to ensure that national park knowledge is stored and shared in the long term.

Where do we want to go


Research in the Hohe Tauern National Park is not an end in itself. All activities are embedded in the research mission of Nationalparks Austria and correspond with the current research concept for the protected area. Read more here....




The council of experts


In order to have a valuable outside perspective of all research activities, the Hohe Tauern National Park set up a scientific council (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat) in 2011. Representatives of a wide-ranging field of scientific disciplines advise the national park about the formulation and further development of its research strategy, with quality assurance and maintaining contact with national and international research institutions.





Alpine river eco-systems act as sensors for climate change.


Research into habitat uses as the key to protecting and having a better understanding of the species.


 Preservation, stocking and monitoring the last of its kind in our waters.

Monitoring raptors


The number of breeding bearded vulture pairs is increasing, the golden eagle population is safe, griffon and cinereous vultures wile away their summers here in the national park.


How many species are there in the national park?


 Turning a data jumble into structured knowledge.


Which method is the right one for the long-term monitoring of mountain eco-systems?

Our online service


In recent decades, it is not just the number of visitors to the Hohe Tauern National Park that has grown. So has our knowledge about the fauna and flora, the habitats and changes to our eco-systems has increased dramatically too. We provide access to this knowledge and related data through several online portals. This allows the data to be used for other work and research projects. Discover and use this rich store of knowledge!


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Online library

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OGD geo data portal

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Online bibliography

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Glacier database

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