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Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe

Plant productivity and indexes as a proxy for basic ecosystem features

An eLTER H2020 training session contributing to Ecosystem Integrity monitoring at LTER sites
When 08 May, 2017 12:00 AM to
12 May, 2017 12:00 AM
Where Monterotondo (Rome), Italy
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Measuring productivity and related features like biomass of an ecosystem or habitat is an important objective in monitoring and research programs dealing with system approaches. As a basic system feature this is indispensable when addressing Ecosystem Integrity or Ecosystem Services. We offer a training session bringing together experts from various projects and organizations, intending to share methods and develop ideas. The main focus is on training recent methods addressing plant productivity of systems at different scales.

In the training we will consider several methods, also those not requiring too much investment in expensive devices, so that most research, monitoring or observation sites (LTER, ICP-Forests, ICOS) will be able to apply the trained methods later on by themselves. The methods will be applicable for sites with sparse or seasonal vegetation too.

The field methods trained (measurement of Leaf Area Index – LAI, biomass) will be also connected to Remote and Proximal Sensing approaches (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index - NDVI, green indexes) with consideration of up-scaling issues from plot to site and landscape level.

LAI measures will be applied according to protocol which should later be applied at the sites of participants, for which we are aiming at gaining a single dataset for all participating sites, analyse and publish it (as an article and a published dataset as well).


Basic information on logistics

Location: CNR Research Area RM-1, Monterotondo, 30 km North of Rome, connected to Rome Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci Airport by train (every 15 minutes)

Lodging: CNR guest house will be provided free of charge for the participants until is filled. Prioritisation in considering the requests for lodging will be defined in the 2nd Announcement. Information on local hotels of farm guest houses will also be provided. Meals will be provided free of charge to all participants.

Travel: travel costs have to be covered autonomously by participants

Preliminary basic timetable

This timetable illustrates the main content of the training week. Within this basic timetable, changes may yet be made to the programme for specific days.

Please note: attendees should consult the timetable sent to them by the organisers, which may differ from that shown here.

Day 1

Morning: arrival + introduction
Afternoon: Infrastructure and Network involved in the training week, common interests and differences. Presentation of main methods that will be trained

Day 2

Morning: training on LAI techniques
Afternoon: training on LAI techniques

Day 3

Morning Workshop on updates in LAI techniques, comparison of methods, uncertainties
Afternoon: training on foliage biomass measurements (direct estimation of LAI)

Day 4

Morning: training on foliage biomass measurements, training on Remote Sensing methods connected to LAI and biomass
Afternoon: training on Remote Sensing methods connected to LAI and biomass

Day 5

Field visit with further "hands-on" methods and measurements