WegenerNet Feldbach Region - Austria

Basic Information
Site Name
WegenerNet Feldbach Region
Short name
WegenerNet FBR
Country
Austria
Keywords
air temperature
climate change
climatology
Matrix potential
meteorology
net radiation
precipitation
relative humidity
soil moisture
soil temperature
wind
wind direction
wind direction (mean and gust)
wind speed (mean and gust)
Site Description
The WegenerNet climate station network Feldbach region is a pioneering weather and climate observation experiment at very high resolution located in Eastern Styria near the city of Feldbach in Southeast Austria, a region characteristic for experiencing a rich variety of weather and climate patterns. The network comprises 155 meteorological stations measuring temperature, precipitation, and other parameters, in a tightly spaced grid within an area of 23 km x 18 km centered near the city of Feldbach (46.93°N, 15.90°E). With its stations every about two square-km (area of about 300 square-km in total), and each station with 5-min time sampling, the network provides regular measurements since January 2007. As of 2010 a complementary meteorological-hydrological network of several stations was added in the mountainous upper Styrian region of National Park Gesaeuse as contribution to the LTER site Johnsbachtal (the "sister site" LTER_EU_AT_029_001 of this site LTER_EU_AT_029_002, both affiliated with the LTSER Platform Eisenwurzen). As part of the Johnsbachtal site, the WegenerNet Johnsbachtal consists of eleven mountain-proof stations within a region-scale of about 10 km, ranging from valley altitudes below 700 m to mountain tops higher than 2100 m. The WegenerNet at both sites together provides strong value for both alpine foreland and mountain region studies.
Last modified
2020-06-29 10:06:08
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Site Status
Operational
Year Established
2007
Purpose
The network serves as a long-term monitoring and validation site for weather, climate, and hydrology research and applications. Core uses include validation of non-hydrostatic models operated at 1-km scale resolution and of statistical downscaling techniques, in particular for precipitation, validation of weather radar and satellite data, study of orography-climate relationships and of hydrological changes, and many others. More generally, the site supports research and education on climate and environmental change and its impacts as well as related applications and also serves as a bridge for transdisciplinary cooperation with stakeholders like municipalities in the region, regional private-sector users, educational users/schools, state government offices, and more.
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Geographic
Size
30000.00ha
Elevation (average)
330.00msl
Elevation (min)
250.00msl
Elevation (max)
598.00msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
ILTERThis site is a verified "ILTER" member.
LTER EuropeThis site is a verified "LTER Europe" member.
LTER Austria (LTER_EU_AT_029_002)This site is a verified "LTER Austria" member.
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