Welcome to the website of the long-term socio-ecological research site
In 2014 the Matschertal /Val di Mazia has been accepted as a research site of the long-term ecological research (LTER) network. Over the past decade, a number of studies and measuring campaigns have been conducted in this valley, located in the heart of the Alps of northern Italy. Continuous monitoring and recording of biotic and abiotic parameters allow scientists to observe climate and land-use changes over a long-term period.
Science for kids!
Our soil ecology team explains what mountain soils are and which animals live in it. The article is edited by kids and published in Frontiers for Young Minds.
The citizen science project iNaturalist is finally connected with our LTSER site Matsch|Mazia! We invite you to record your observations of plants and animals and to share them with the community! Species will be determined and discussed together!
New volume on LTER Italy activities out!
The book summarizes the last 15 years of long term research in Italy and represents an essential tool for tackling current environmental challenges and those that await us in the coming years.