Switzerland (LTER-Switzerland)

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The Swiss Long-term Ecological Network is a set of highly instrumented research platforms, comprising 19 sites from the Long-term Forest Ecosystem Research Programme LWF and one treeline resarch platform Stillberg of the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, 2 ICOS flux sites of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich ETHZ (overlapping with the LWF Programme), and the Alpine Research Station Furka (ALPFOR) of the University of Basel. Continuous measurements of environmental factors and observation of forest condition on long-term research plots, allow the evaluation and meaningful conclusions on possible causes of changes and future scenarios. Measurements are based on international standard methods and quality control as set down in the manuals of ICP Forests and ICOS. The long-term research sites of the LWF programme (established in 1994) provide a gateway to other monitoring networks. For example, the Federal Office for the Environmental FOEN financed TreeNet and makes use of LWF and IAP sites. Additional sites where treatments and/or experiments occur, extend the LWF programme in order to answer specific questions on cause-effect relationships in ecologically relevant issues.


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ecology Researched by 24 sites
biology Researched by 23 sites
environmental science Researched by 22 sites
meteorology Researched by 20 sites
chemistry Researched by 6 sites
ecosystem ecology Researched by 6 sites
soil chemistry Researched by 6 sites
forest ecology Researched by 5 sites
ecosystem function Researched by 5 sites
hydrology Researched by 4 sites
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ecosystem parameter Researched by 24 sites
soil parameter Researched by 24 sites
biological parameter Researched by 22 sites
atmospheric parameter Researched by 21 sites
tree height Researched by 5 sites
wind direction Researched by 5 sites
air temperature Researched by 5 sites
tree age Researched by 5 sites
wind speed Researched by 5 sites
air humidity Researched by 5 sites




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