IT19 - HIGH ELEVATION SITES IN THE NORTHWESTERN ALPS - Italy

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IT19 - HIGH ELEVATION SITES IN THE NORTHWESTERN ALPS

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IT19-000-T

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Italy

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General Site Description: 

This site is representative of high altitude environments of the North-Western Alps. Six study areas, located along an altitudinal gradient ranging from 2100 to 3100 m a.s.l. were chosen. In such areas, soils are snow covered for between five and eight months per year. Vegetation cover ranges from larch and spruce stands, to alpine grasslands, overlying soils at different evolution degrees. One of such areas belongs to the GLORIA (GLobal Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments) Network, coordinated by the University of Vienna (prof. G. Grabherr) and is also a site monitored by the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of the Aosta Valley Region (ARPA Valle d’Aosta) with the contribution of Mont Avic Natural Park. An area is a permanent site for monitoring of permafrost and active layer, located at 3100 m a.s.l. and coordinated by ARPA Valle d’Aosta. A fourth area is a subalpine site under larch stands interspersed with recently abandoned pastures. In such area phenological studies and C fluxes are intensively monitored following the protocols of the CARBOITALY Network.

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General Characteristics, Purpose, History

Site Status: 

existing

Year Site Established: 

2009

Size : 

100.00ha

Purpose of Site : 

Studies of soil chemical and physical properties, snow chemical and physical properties, biogeochemical cycling in seasonally snow covered areas, phenology and study of carbon fluxes in forest and grassland ecosystems, permafrost monitoring.

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Latitude: 45.782500000000
Longitude: 7.691940000000