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TERENO – A new Network of Terrestrial Observatories for Environmental Research

Bogena, Heye and Haschberger, Peter and Hajnsek, Irena and Dietrich, Peter and Priesack, Eckart and Munch, J. and Papen, Hans and Schmid, Hans-Peter and Vereecken, Harry and Zacharias, Steffen (2008) TERENO – A new Network of Terrestrial Observatories for Environmental Research. In: 2008 Fall Meeting. AGU. AGU 2008 Fall Meeting, 2008-12-15 - 2008-12-19, San Francisco (USA).

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In order to address the challenges of global change, interdisciplinary research in terrestrial environmental science is of great importance. Several environmental research networks have already been established in order to monitor, analyse and predict the impact of global change on different compartments and/or matter cycles of the environment. Typically these environmental research networks have focused on specific research questions, and compartments, such as CarboEurope, FLUXNET and ILTER. The infrastructure activity TERENO (Terrestrial Environmental Observatories) aims the establishment of a network of terrestrial observatories, defined as a system consisting of the subsurface environment, the land surface including the biosphere, the lower atmosphere and the anthroposphere. Hydrological units will be used as the basic scaling units in a hierarchy of evolving scales and structures ranging from the local scale to the regional scale for multi-disciplinary process studies. Although terrestrial systems are extremely complex, the terrestrial component in most process-based climate and biosphere models is typically represented in a very conceptual and often rudimentary way. Remedying this deficiency is therefore one of the most important challenges in environmental and terrestrial research, and we suggest that terrestrial observatories could be an important step towards a new quality in environmental and terrestrial research. For the first phase three terrestrial observatories in Germany have been identified: the Lower Rhine Basin, the metropolitan area Leipzig-Halle, and the Northern pre-Alps including the long-term research stations Hoeglwald and Scheyern. A fourth Observatory is planned in the German Lowland region. The concept of TERENO is illustrated by the Lower Rhine Basin. A monitoring concept for the Rur catchment -the largest catchment in the observatory- will be described that is capable of measuring the spatial-temporal variability of the main hydrological processes and interactions as well as the varying residence times of the terrestrial water stores. More detailed measurements and characterisation of smaller, focal catchments will be embedded within progressively larger catchments, allowing the critical evaluation and development of hydrologic scaling strategies. Specific attention will be given to install novel wireless sensor technology and hydrogeophysical measurement techniques combined with remote sensing methods (e.g. precipitation radars and airborne remote sensing platforms).

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/57295/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:TERENO – A new Network of Terrestrial Observatories for Environmental Research
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Bogena, HeyeFZ JülichUNSPECIFIED
Dietrich, PeterUFZ LeipzigUNSPECIFIED
Papen, HansFZ KarlsruheUNSPECIFIED
Schmid, Hans-PeterFZ KarlsruheUNSPECIFIED
Vereecken, HarryFZ JülichUNSPECIFIED
Zacharias, SteffenUFZ LeipzigUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:2008 Fall Meeting
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Land cover change, Hydrologic scaling, Monitoring networks
Event Title:AGU 2008 Fall Meeting
Event Location:San Francisco (USA)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2008-12-15 - 2008-12-19
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Spektrometrische Verfahren und Konzepte der Fernerkundung (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Remote Sensing Technology Institute
Microwaves and Radar Institute
Deposited By: Haschberger, Dr.-Ing. Peter
Deposited On:21 Jan 2009
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 15:42

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