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A Network of Terrestrial Environmental Observatories in Germany

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  1. Vol. 10 No. 3, p. 955-973
    Received: Nov 8, 2011

    * Corresponding author(s): steffen.zacharias@ufz.de
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  1. Steffen Zacharias *a,
  2. Heye Bogenab,
  3. Luis Samaniegoa,
  4. Matthias Mauderc,
  5. Roland Fußd,
  6. Thomas Pützb,
  7. Mark Frenzela,
  8. Mike Schwanke,
  9. Cornelia Baesslera,
  10. Klaus Butterbach-Bahlc,
  11. Oliver Bense,
  12. Erik Borgf,
  13. Achim Brauere,
  14. Peter Dietricha,
  15. Irena Hajnsekg,
  16. Gerhard Hellef,
  17. Ralf Kiesec,
  18. Harald Kunstmannc,
  19. Stefan Klotza,
  20. Jean Charles Munchd,
  21. Hans Papenc,
  22. Eckart Priesackd,
  23. Hans Peter Schmidc,
  24. Rainer Steinbrecherc,
  25. Ulrike Rosenbaumb,
  26. Georg Teutscha and
  27. Harry Vereeckenb
  1. a UFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Permoserstraße 15, D-04318 Leipzig, Germany
    b Research Centre Julich, Agrosphere Institute, 52425 Jülich, Germany
    c Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Environmental Research, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Kreuzeckbahnstraße 19, D-82467 Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany
    d Helmholtz Centre Munich, Institute of Soil Ecology, Ingolstädter Landstraße 1, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany
    e GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Telegrafenberg, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
    f German Aerospace Center, German Remote Sensing Data Center, Kalkhorstweg 53, D-17235 Neustrelitz, Germany
    g German Aerospace Centre, Microwaves and Radar Institute, 82234 Wessling, Germany


Multicompartment and multiscale long-term observation and research are important prerequisites to tackling the scientific challenges resulting from climate and global change. Long-term monitoring programs are cost intensive and require high analytical standards, however, and the gain of knowledge often requires longer observation times. Nevertheless, several environmental research networks have been established in recent years, focusing on the impact of climate and land use change on terrestrial ecosystems. From 2008 onward, a network of Terrestrial Environmental Observatories (TERENO) has been established in Germany as an interdisciplinary research program that aims to observe and explore the long-term ecological, social, and economic impacts of global change at the regional level. State-of-the-art methods from the field of environmental monitoring, geophysics, and remote sensing will be used to record and analyze states and fluxes for different environmental compartments from groundwater through the vadose zone, surface water, and biosphere, up to the lower atmosphere.

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