LTER Zöbelboden - Austria

Basic Information
Site Name
LTER Zöbelboden
Short name
Zöbelboden
Country
Austria
Keywords
air pollution
beech forest
biodiversity
bird diversity
Broadleaved deciduous woodland
catchment runoff chemistry
eddy covariance
epiphytic lichens
forest ecology
forests
ground vegetation
hydrology
karst catchment
Mixed conifer-deciduous forest
mountains
nitrogen cycling
Soil
Tea bag
Site Description
The Zöbelboden was established in 1992 as the only Integrated Monitoring station in Austria under the UN Convention on long-range transboundary air pollution (CLRTAP). In 2006 it became part of LTER Austria. The Zöbelboden covers a small forested catchment (90 ha) of a karstic mountain range (500 to 950 m above sea level) in the Kalkalpen national park. Monitoring and research is focussing on air pollution effects on forested catchments and its interaction with climate change. The Zöbelboden represents one of the best known karst catchments in Europe with long-term data series of the major components of its ecosystems. The Zöbelboden is managed by the Umweltbundesamt GmbH. Sampling of chemical specimen is done by local staff. Chemical analyses are carried out by the laboratory of the Umweltbundesamt in Vienna.
Metadata Update Date
2019-07-02 16:10:44
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Site Status
existing
Year Established
1992
Purpose
LTER Zöbelboden is a small, well definable catchment of 90 ha in the National Park Kalkalpen in Austria. Material inputs, pollutants and nutrients via air and precipitation are measured as well as their effects on the ecosystem. Their behaviour within the ecosystem is studied in a comprehensive manner and effects are determined. With standardized methods the long-term trends of ecosystem water and element fluxes are studied. Outputs through surface waters and into groundwater are part of this work as are trends in biodiversity and effects of climate change. The the long-term data is used in the UNECE CLRTAP effects monitoring Networks (www.unece-wge.org/), in EMEP, and the national air pollution monitoring. LTER Zöbelboden is an important site within the Austrian LTER (www.lter-austria.at) network so that many research institutions use the site in their projects. Since 2017 LTER Zöbelboden is part of the Austrian research network for ecosystem effects of extreme climate events LTER-CWN (www.lter-austria.at/en/cwn-project/).
History
For a comprehensive description of the history of the Zöbelboden, please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL-XnwiXr8Y
Parameters
Photos
automatic chamber for soil carbon respiration
Meteorological and air pollution measurements
Ancient beech forest exist in part of the area
Eddy covariance measurements
Field hut
Measuring weir
forest ground vegetation monitoring
overview LTER Zöbelboden
Geographic
Size
90.00ha
Elevation (average)
831.00msl
Elevation (min)
516.00msl
Elevation (max)
955.00msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
ILTERThis site is a verified "ILTER" member.
LTER Austria (LTER_EU_AT_003)This site is a verified "LTER Austria" member.
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