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Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe

1 Long-Term Research and Monitoring Zöbelboden (AT)

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eLTER TA site

  • Dominant ecosystem: Temperate coniferous and broadleaf forests
  • Access: 200 km west of Vienna. All year-round access
  • DEIMS site code: LTER_EU_AT_003

A 90 ha forested catchment of a karstic mountain range (500-900 m above sea level) in the National Park Kalkalpen. It is one of the best-known karst catchments in Europe with long-term data series of major ecosystem components. It is the only Austrian Integrated Monitoring station (since 1992) under the UN Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution. Science focus: Air pollution and climate change effects on biogeochemistry (particularly carbon and nitrogen cycling), hydrology, and biodiversity of the forested catchment. Material inputs, pollutants and nutrients via air and precipitation are measured as well as their effects on the ecosystem, the soil, runoff water and biodiversity. Data are used to reveal long-term trends of ecosystem functions and services provided by forested karst catchments.

Contact

Environment Agency Austria (EAA)

Mail icon from Elegant Themes Thomas Dirnböck, thomas.dirnboeck@umweltbundesamt.at; Johannes Kobler, Johannes.kobler@umweltbundesamt.at

Environment Agency Austria (EAA)