IT04-001-T Monte Rufeno LAZ1 - Italy

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IT04-001-T Monte Rufeno LAZ1

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Monte Rufeno LTER

Country (Site Location): 

Italy

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General Site Description: 

Monte Rufeno LAZ1 is a monitoring plot within Mediterranean Forests LTER Italy site (parent site); it belongs to the Italian branch of the ICP Forests Network and it has been included in LTER Europe since 2007. Monte Rufeno (690 m asl) is part of the typical hilly landscape of northern Lazio, which suffered intense exploitation in the past by man. The dominant tree species is the oak (Quercus cerris L.). For a long time and up until the 1960s, the extensive oak woods were subjected to coppice cutting for the production of firewood. With the interruption of the practice of the cut, the forest stands have suffered a progressive aging and present themselves today as predominantly monospecific woods and monoplanes. There are also reforestations of conifers. Peculiarities of the territory are the water richness and the accentuated dynamism linked to the landslides. Monte Rufeno LAZ1 has been active as a monitoring plot since 1995. Data collection is carried out in collaboration with several organizations and universities. The research site is included in the Monte Rufeno Regional Natural Reserve.

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General Characteristics, Purpose, History

Site Status: 

existing

Year Site Established: 

1995

Size : 

0.50ha

Purpose of Site : 

The set of parameters studied at this area represents a valid basis for the deepening of specific "case studies" concerning the physiological responses of vegetation to the variations of their physical-chemical and biological life environment (hence the denomination of "intensive" monitoring in reference to level II monitoring). Climatic extremes, whose frequency and intensity are expected to rise locally, due to global changes, have an increasing impact on the health and vitality of forests. Significant events occurred in the springs of 2016 and 2017, when extensive late frosts affected the Apennine beech forests, and in summer 2017 with extensive desiccation and mortality in the forests of central Italy following a strong wave of heat and drought. These events are a warning sign for the health and integrity of forests. Data coming from this monitoring plot are frequently asked by students, reasearchers and technicians and lately have been also used to facilitate participation of the general public in natural sciences, through dissemination events in the field.

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  • View inside Monte Rufeno LAZ1 research plot
    Monte Rufeno LAZ1 research plot
  • Open field meteo station at Monte Rufeno LAZ1 research plot
    Meteo station (OF) at Monte Rufeno LAZ1
Geographic

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Latitude: 42.830600000000
Longitude: 11.902800000000