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Helmholtz Research School
Mechanisms and Interactions of Climate Change in Mountain Regions

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Image: TERENO Observatories with TERENO-prealpine sites MICMoR research will concentrate on the TERENO-prealpine observatory in Southern Bavaria, Germany, and will make use of its existing infrastructure as a training ground for next-generation environmental scientists.

TERENO-prealpine is part of the Helmholtz Associations’ TERENO network (TERrestrial ENvironmental Observatories). The purpose of TERENO, with its four regionally distributed observatories in Germany, is to provide a long-term environmental observation infrastructure, as a platform for collaborative environmental research projects with partners from universities as well as other research institutions nationally and internationally. Each observatory includes instrumentation and infrastructure for long-term baseline observations of ecosystem-atmosphere interactions of water, heat, radiation, and greenhouse gases (e.g., CO2, CH4, N2O), as well as for the characterisation of the respective pools and biodiversity in soils, vegetation and the atmosphere.

The TERENO-prealpine observatory in the Bavarian Pre-Alps has been established in September 2008 and is operated jointly by KIT/IMK-IFU and HMGU/IBOE. It includes long-term environmental observatory sites at elevations ranging from 850m to 450m (a.s.l.), situated in a variety of natural and managed land-use areas. It comprises the “River Ammer catchment”, the long term forest-ecosystem research platform „Höglwald Forest“, and the agricultural research farm „Scheyern“. Research on TERENO-prealpine focuses on the characterization and quantification of climate change and land-use change effects on

(1) Coupled C-/N-cycles and C-/N-storage,

(2) Biosphere-atmosphere exchange (trace gases/energy flux/albedo),

(3) Vegetation and microbial biodiversity and temporal dynamics of matter turnover and exchange associated with this change in biodiversity and

(4) Terrestrial hydrology such as e.g., alpine water budget, precipitation variability and extreme hydrometeorological events.

For more detailed information on TERENO see