LTER Zöbelboden - Austria

Basic Information

Site Name: 

LTER Zöbelboden

Site Code: 

LTER_EU_AT_003

Country (Site Location): 

Austria

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General 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.

UUID: 

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General Characteristics, Purpose, History

Site Status: 

existing

Year Established: 

1992

Size : 

90.00ha

Purpose of Site : 

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, in EMEP, and the national air pollution monitoring. LTER Zöbelboden is an important site within the Austrian LTER network so that many research institutions use the site in their projects.

History of Site: 

For a comprehensive description of the history of the Zöbelboden, please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL-XnwiXr8Y

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Photos
  • (c) Franz Rokop
  • (c) Franz Rokop
  • (c) Franz Rokop
  • (c) Thomas Dirnböck
  • (c) Michael Mirtl
Geographic

Coordinates: 

Latitude: 47.842246069311
Longitude: 14.444136161386

Site Boundaries: 

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