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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

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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