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Presentation of Dr. Friedhart Knolle and Christian Reinboth at the 20th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM 2014) on June 10th 2014 in Hannover, Germany.

Presentation of Dr. Friedhart Knolle and Christian Reinboth at the 20th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM 2014) on June 10th 2014 in Hannover, Germany.

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  • 1. Winter Tourism and Protected Areas in the Harz Mts. – History, Problems and Perspectives Dr. Friedhart Knolle Christian Reinboth ISSRM 2014
  • 2. 10.06.2014 / ISSRM 2014 – GFN Harz e.V. / F. Knolle / C. Reinboth – Winter Tourism and Protected Areas in the Harz Mountains Agenda (1) Topology and topography of the Harz mountain range (2) Historical development of winter sports in the Harz (3) Climate change and its effect on the Harz region (4) Conflicts between sustainable tourism and winter sports (5) The Wurmberg ski resort during the season of 2013/2014 We will be glad to answer all further questions after the presentation For more information please visit: http://goslar.bund.net/presse/wurmberg/
  • 3. (Credit: Harz National Park) Topography of the Harz and protected areas in this region
  • 4. 10.06.2014 / ISSRM 2014 – GFN Harz e.V. / F. Knolle / C. Reinboth – Winter Tourism and Protected Areas in the Harz Mountains Historical winter sport traditions Senior forester and skiing pioneer Arthur Ulrichs (1838 - 1927) in 1883 Credit: Dr. Falkner The first skiing clubs were founded after 1892 Credit: Helmut Tischler
  • 5. 10.06.2014 / ISSRM 2014 – GFN Harz e.V. / F. Knolle / C. Reinboth – Winter Tourism and Protected Areas in the Harz Mountains Historical winter sport traditions Sankt Andreasberg during the 1920s Advertising for the „German Winter Fighting Games“ of 1934 Credit: Dr. Falkner
  • 6. Museum of Skiing and Winter Sports in Braunlage, Germany Credit: www.braunlage.de
  • 7. 10.06.2014 / ISSRM 2014 – GFN Harz e.V. / F. Knolle / C. Reinboth – Winter Tourism and Protected Areas in the Harz Mountains Expansion of the Wurmberg ski resort
  • 8. Credit: BUND Westharz Construction of the water storage basin on top of the Wurmberg in 2013
  • 9. Credit: Wurmberg-Seilbahn GmbH Construction of the water storage basin on top of the Wurmberg in 2013
  • 10. Credit: Dr. Hermann Fischer Construction of the water storage basin, several alpine ski runs and the new parking place (rear) on top of the Wurmberg
  • 11. Credit: Dr. Eick v. Ruschkowski Climate monitoring station on top of the Brocken (1141 m)
  • 12. 10.06.2014 / ISSRM 2014 – GFN Harz e.V. / F. Knolle / C. Reinboth – Winter Tourism and Protected Areas in the Harz Mountains Average annual temperature 1848 – 2013 Credit: Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD)
  • 13. 10.06.2014 / ISSRM 2014 – GFN Harz e.V. / F. Knolle / C. Reinboth – Winter Tourism and Protected Areas in the Harz Mountains Sliding average for Braunlage and the Brocken Credit: Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) / Harzwasserwerke (modified by Prof. de Jong)
  • 14. An almost conflict-free form of winter sports: Nordic Skiing Credit: Dr. Ulrich Krynitz
  • 15. 10.06.2014 / ISSRM 2014 – GFN Harz e.V. / F. Knolle / C. Reinboth – Winter Tourism and Protected Areas in the Harz Mountains Conflicts with sustainable tourism • The Harz is one of only eight regions in Germany (Eifel, Terra.vita, Westhavelland, Rhön, Harz, Schwäbische Alb, Altmark and Schwarze Elster) which still exhibits a nearly perfect dark sky (21.75 mag/arcsec²) almost unspoiled by light pollution. • This makes Harz National Park one of the primary candidates for a „Dark Sky Park“ designation from the IDA (International Dark Sky Association) as well as a potential destination for sustainable astro-tourism. • This outlook is threatened by the proposed installation of a floodlighting system for the illumination of ski slopes at the Wurmberg (Hänel/BfN-Skript 336/2013).
  • 16. Credit: Michael Schomann The visible band of the Milky Way over Sankt Andreasberg
  • 17. Credit: Oliver Maiwald The 2012 Transit of Venus observed from Sankt Andreasberg
  • 18. Credit: Christoph Ries Wendelstein ski resort after deactivation of slope lighting
  • 19. Credit: Christoph Ries Wendelstein ski resort before deactivation of slope lighting
  • 20. 10.06.2014 / ISSRM 2014 – GFN Harz e.V. / F. Knolle / C. Reinboth – Winter Tourism and Protected Areas in the Harz Mountains Proposed illumination on the Wurmberg Class I: Facilities for high performance sports and international sporting events Class II: Facilities for important national sporting events with many spectators Class III: Facilities for leisure sports, school sports and general training The investor has proposed a 150 lx floodlighting. Some concessions were made: The lighting system will only be in use during three days per week for a maximum duration of four months per year. Additionally, the lighting will be shut off after 22:30 p.m. Class Illumination level Illumination equability I 100 lx 0,5 II 30 lx 0,3 III 20 lx 0,2 Suggested illumination levels for ski slopes according to DIN EN 12 193:
  • 21. 10.06.2014 / ISSRM 2014 – GFN Harz e.V. / F. Knolle / C. Reinboth – Winter Tourism and Protected Areas in the Harz Mountains Performance during the season of 13/14 „Based on the available data, the authors estimate that the production of high-quality artificial snow (no sludge) will require sub-zero temperatures of at least -5°C.“ „The people living in the Harz might be peculiar, yet even the land of witches and myths is governed by the laws of nature. Water will freeze at 0°C – even in the Harz and even at 100% air humidity.“ „As soon as the temperature falls below -3°C, we can begin with the production of artificial snow.“ Report on artificial snow production in the Harz by de Jong / Knolle / Reinboth (2012) Press release by the investor in reaction to the report (2012) Statement by the investor for the Gos- larsche Zeitung (2013)
  • 22. Credit: Christian Reinboth Failed efforts in producing artificial snow in December 2013
  • 23. Failed efforts in producing artificial snow in December 2013 Credit: Christian Reinboth
  • 24. 10.06.2014 / ISSRM 2014 – GFN Harz e.V. / F. Knolle / C. Reinboth – Winter Tourism and Protected Areas in the Harz Mountains Performance during the season of 2013/14 • The opening of the ski resort had to be postponed twice (December 6th, December 14th) because of the lack of snow. The resort finally opened on January 11th – still without snow. • The „naked sledding“ event, which draws about 10.000 visitors annually, had to be moved from Braunlage to Cochstedt Airport in February of 2014 because of „springlike“ (MZ) weather conditions in the Harz. • Even though city and investor still assume, that the installation will be able to provide reliable snow coverage for 100 days per season on average, the resort had only 40 stream days during the season of 2013/2014. Due to the low turnover, the lighting installation will probably be postponed. • In May of 2014, engineers concluded that the ski jump tower on top of the Wurmberg (built in 1922) is so dilapidated, that it needs to be dismantled.
  • 25. 10.06.2014 / ISSRM 2014 – GFN Harz e.V. / F. Knolle / C. Reinboth – Winter Tourism and Protected Areas in the Harz Mountains Thanks for the attention! http://www.gfn-harz.de For more information please visit: http://goslar.bund.net/presse/wurmberg/