Obergurgl - Austria
Obergurgl lies about 1930 m a.s.l., very much at the head of the Ötz-valley (municipality of Sölden) in the central Alps. The research areas of the LTER site Obergurgl are located at the slopes, glacier valleys and glaciers south and south-west of Obergurgl. A variety of logger stations (mostly wheather stations) are installed at different locations at the site, some of them measuring since 1953. Various research project, most of them performed by researchers of the University of Innsbruck, are carried out in this area. Habitat types are alpine grassland, alpine forests, pasture and dwarf shrub heath, glacier forelands and glaciers. The LTER site Obergurgl is managed by the Alpine Research Centre Obergurgl (http://www.uibk.ac.at/afo/), a branch office of the University of Innsbruck (http://www.uibk.ac.at/). The Alpine Research Centre Obergurgl is located at the edge of the village Obergurgl. It is consolidated with the University Centre Obergurgl (http://www.uz-obergurgl.at/), a congress centre and hotel with up to 100 beds. Indoor infrastructure are a lecture hall, a seminar room, a small laboratory and small libraries.
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