Agricultural Research and Education Centre Raumberg-Gumpenstein - Austria

Basic Information

Site Name: 

Agricultural Research and Education Centre Raumberg-Gumpenstein

Site Code: 

LTER_EU_AT_006

Country (Site Location): 

Austria

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General Site Description: 

The Agricultural Research and Education Centre Raumberg-Gumpenstein (AREC) is the largest Austrian federal, multidisciplinary research and education centre which holds the legal status of an institution under public law. As part of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management it is driving-force for sustainable economizing in the region. The head office is situated in the municipality Irdning-Donnersbachtal in the Styrian Enns Valley, district Liezen, at an altitude of 700 m a.s.l.. The rural area is dominated by grassland and forests, embedded in a mountainous landscape. More than 330 employees work in four research institutes (Livestock Research, Plant Production and Cultural Landscape, Animal Welfare and Health, Organic Farming and Farm Animal Biodiversity) and as teachers at the technical agrarian college (branches Agrarian Marketing, Agrarian Management, Environment and Resource Management, with about 440 students). AREC has external research areas and test sites with different climate conditions all over Austria (Wels, Lambach, Winklhof, Admont). The centre is specialized in research activities for multifunctional farm and environmental systems and in developing complex landscape analysis in view of sustainable and efficient usage of natural resources, agriculture, sustainable land management, research on emission mitigating measures in agriculture, climate change, grassland management, nature protection , preservation of biodiversity, management of wetland areas, soil protection and rural development. AREC offers a high expertise in dissemination of know-how for scientists, farmers, practitioners, decision makers, stakeholders and the local population. Workshops, trainings and national as well as international conferences are organized regularly with several hundred participants each year.

UUID: 

11aff5a6-d464-40fa-b218-fcad8f57c81f
General Characteristics, Purpose, History

Site Status: 

existing

Year Site Established: 

1953

Size : 

372.00ha

Purpose of Site : 

AREC provides a large variety of agricultural and environmental impact assessments. The main topics of research are grassland ecology, plant sociology, floristic biodiversity, preservation of nature, soil health, lysimetry, climate and its consequences, cultural landscape, animal husbandry, animal health and welfare, organic agriculture, biodiversity of farm animals, alternative cattle-keeping and herd-management, emissions and nuisance of animal husbandry, animal housing systems, energy- and nutrient-flows in agriculture as well as quality of food. The long-term monitoring site is equipped with high tech infrastructure (e.g. weather station, lysimeters, different research plots, research stables).

History of Site: 

The site was acquired from the Austrian Republic in 1953, in 1956 the Federal Agency Gumpenstein was opened.

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Photos
  • AREC research centre with test plots
    AREC research centre with test plots (c) HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein
  • AREC meteorological station
    AREC meteorological station (c) HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein
  • AREC measuring facility for climate impact research
    AREC measuring facility for climate impact research (c) HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein
  • AREC livestock research
    AREC is researching for animal welfare and animal health (c) HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein
Geographic

Coordinates: 

Latitude: 47.495763000000
Longitude: 14.098118000000