Long-Term Ecosystem Research Infrastructure for Carbon, Water and Nitrogen

Project start: May 2017

Under the leadership of the Environmental Sciences Research Network (ESRN) of the University of Vienna, key national actors in long-term ecological research have joined forces to establish a new infrastructure for the collection of environmental data. The project aims to collect data on the effects of extreme climatic events on the carbon, water and nitrogen cycle at six measurement sites equipped with cutting-edge technologies.

The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) is funding the development and upgrading of the six sites within the scope of its call "R&D infrastructure funding". LTER-CWN is one of eight projects approved for funding under this programme, which was open for submissions in 2016.

Project partners:

Project partners in the five-year project (project volume: 1.96 million EUR, FFG funding: 1.67 million EUR) are:

LTER-CWN sites:

  • ICP Forests / LTER Klausen-Leopoldsdorf, Lower Austria (operated by BFW)
  • LTER Lake Neusiedler See, Burgenland (University of Vienna)
  • LTER Pürgschachener Moor, Styria (University of Vienna)
  • LTER Rosalia Research Station, Lower Austria (BOKU Vienna)
  • LTER Stubai Valley, Tyrol (University of Innsbruck)
  • LTER Zöbelboden, Upper Austria (UBA-GmbH)

Measurement site

An eddy covariance site to determine the turbulent gas fluxes in the atmospheric boundary layer: the gas exchange of carbon dioxide, methane and water vapor as well as heat and momentum can be quantified with this measuring system. (Copyright: Simon Drollinger)

 Scientific contact

Prof. Stephan Glatzel

Coordinator LTER-CWN

Environmental Sciences Research Network

Departmet of Geography and Regional Research

University of Vienna

1090 Vienna, Althanstraße 14 (UZA II)

T +43-1-4277-48660