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Terrestrial Environmental Observatories

Description TERENO is a network of long-term integrated observation platforms, jointly coordinated and operated by six Helmholtz Centers, in close cooperation with external partner institutions (overall coordination office at FZJ). This network aims at investigating consequences of Global Change on terrestrial ecosystems. Within TERENO, regional “terrestrial observatories” have been established in four regions, selected to provide a representative cross-section of bio-geo-climatic zones. TERENO provides real-time access to instruments and open access to long-term environmental data in a multi-scale and multi-temporal mode, based on the data portal TEODOOR (www.tereno.net). The multi-temporal observation approach refers to a hierarchy of time scales, ranging from event-based, to continuous, to periodic measurements, using ground-based geophysical, meteorological and remote sensing techniques. Analyses of precisely dated and seasonally resolved geoarchives like lake sediments and tree rings as natural data loggers will extend instrumental data records back to several millennia. Biodiversity studies are conducted within the framework of LTER sites that are integrated in TERENO. Permanent structures are augmented by dedicated airborne platforms and satellite-based remote sensing. TERENO complements and collaborates with other environmental measurement networks in Germany and globally, such as FLUXNET, LTER and ICOS, and will contribute to global Earth-System Science observation systems such as GEO/GEOSS.
URL http://teodoor.icg.kfa-juelich.de/overview-en?set_language=en
Status Operational since 2008
Scientific Domains Environmental Sciences
RI Categorization In situ Earth Observatories
Location Jülich, 52425, Germany
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15801