Collaborations

Nitrogen Budget of Alpine Catchments (NBA)

The project NBA (Nitrogen Budget of Alpine Catchments) aims at investigating the nitrate pollution of alpine rivers considering both atmospheric deposition and fertilization using the existing measurement infrastructure of the LTER site Matsch/ Mazia valley. The chemical analysis of the atmospheric deposition as well as the running water of the Saldur River are carried out from the Chemical and the Biological Laboratory of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano.

Internal Reference: Roberta Bottarin

External Reference: Christian Bachmann (Christian. Bachmann@provinz.bz.it) Laboratorio Analisi acque e cromatografia della Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, Alberta Stenico (Alberta.Stenico@provinz.bz.it), Laboratorio biologico della Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, Italy

Links: http://www.provincia.bz.it/it/contatti.asp?orga_orgaid=884               http://www.provincia.bz.it/it/contatti.asp?orga_orgaid=868


Soil Moisture Sampling for validation of Remote Sensing Products

Collection of mobile soil moisture observations for validating SAR remote sensing maps in the framework of the former Lg14 Hiresalp project and still ongoing in collaboration with Eurac Earth Observation Institute.

Internal Reference: Giacomo Bertoldi

External Reference: Notarnicola Claudia (claudia.notarnicola@eurac.edu), Eurac Earth Observation Institute, Italy


Hydrologic, sediment and tracers data collection

Collection of hydrologic, sediment and tracers data in the Saldur Catchment in the framework of the EMERGE project.

Internal Reference: Giacomo Bertoldi

External Reference: Francesco Comiti (Francesco.Comiti@unibz.it), Engel Michael (Michael.Engel@unibz.it), University of Bolzano, Italy


High resolution rainfall estimation

Advancing precipitation estimation and streamflow simulations in complex terrain with X-band dual-polarization radar observations

Internal Reference: Giacomo Bertoldi

External Reference: Marco Borga (marco.borga@unipd.it), University of Padova, Italy


High resolution soil moisture mapping

Advancing soil moisture simulations in complex terrain

Internal Reference: Giacomo Bertoldi

External Reference: Matteo Camporese (matteo.camporese@unipd.it), University of Padova, Italy


Cosmic Ray soil moisture measuring

Ph.D. thesis on Soil moisture measurement by the Cosmic-Ray Neutron Sensing technique in Alpine regions

Internal Reference: Giacomo Bertoldi

External Reference: Tonon Giustino (giustino.tonon@unibz.it), Piussi Laura Marianna (Laura.Piussi@natec.unibz.it), University of Bolzano, Italy


GPR observations in the Muntacini Area

Collection of Ground Penetratig Radar soil depth data in the Muntacini area

Internal Reference: Giacomo Bertoldi

External Reference: Elena Pettinelli (pettinelli@fis.uniroma3.it), University of Rome Tre, Italy


Collection of snow observation in the Mazia LTER

In the framework of the Euregio Cryomon project of hydrological models and remote sensing products evaluation.

Internal Reference: Giacomo Bertoldi

External Reference: Ulrich Strasser (ulrich.strasser@uibk.ac.at), University of Innsbruck, Austria


GNOMO_soil

This project aims to globally assessing the impacts of disturbances on mountain soil diversity and function in natural and disturbed mountain soil ecosystems. We took soil samples on four dry pastures (i.e. disturbed) and undisturbed plots from 1000 to 2500 m a.s.l. in 2016.

Internal Reference: Julia Seeber

External Reference: Thomas Spiegelberger, Laboratory of Ecosystems & Societies in Mountain Environments, Grenoble, France


Tea Composition

This project aims to compare the decomposition of litter carbon across a variety of sites worldwide by using regular teabags. Two different types of tea (Roiboos and Green Tea) in 2016 were dug into the soil on dry pastures from 1000 to 2500 m a.s.l. and are collected after 3, 12, 24, and 36 months in the field. Analyses of the mean litter mass loss and the associated microorganisms will help interpreting different decomposition patterns in a variety of ecosystems by using always the same tea types.

Internal Reference: Julia Seeber

External Reference: Ika Djukic, Environment Agency, Austria

Link: https://teacomposition.org/


LUCAS 2018

The European Soil Data Centre of the European Commission launched a soil assessment component to build up the largest expandable soil dataset for Europe. In 2018, soil samples will be taken in 1000 repeated points to analyze the biodiversity. We took additional sampling points for the LTSER Val Mazia/Matschertal that will be added to the huge data base and used for this Europe-wide survey of different groups of soil microorganisms.

Internal Reference: Michael Steinwandter

External Reference: Alberto Orgiazzi, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy

Link: https://esdac.jrc.ec.europa.eu/projects/lucas


SOWA 2018

Jan Frouz, soil ecologist from the Czech Republic took several soil samples at the Muntatschinig site in the LTSER Val Mazia/Matschertal. He and his colleges are investigating the soil meso- and macrofauna along different elevational gradients and at different soil depths.

Internal Reference: Michael Steinwandter

External Reference: Jan Frouz, Soil & Water Research Infrastructure, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Link: https://soilwater.eu/projects/soil-profile-development/


FEAST 2018

This sampling request from Robert Mills aims to investigate the functional ecology of Alpine systems in an worldwide sampling approach. We have conducted two experiments on the Muntatschinig and Oberettes sites. Soil samples along an elevational gradient were taken on the high alpine dry pastures near the Niederjoch and Hochjoch peaks. Second, we took soil samples on snowbeds and alpine heath land near the Oberettes hut.

Internal Reference: Michael Steinwandter

External Reference: Robert Mills, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Link: https://twitter.com/mountainecology


Long-term ecosystem monitoring across the Alps

To assess potential impacts of on-going environmental change on alpine biota, a long-term ecological monitoring program was launched in the Alps. Plant, invertebrate and microbial responses will be assessed across sharp snow-melt gradients several hundred metres above treeline in five study regions. In cooperation with Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, University Universität Basel

Internal Reference: Georg Niedrist

External Reference: Christian Körner (ch.koerner@unibas.ch), Switzerland


TransPlant network

Description: Transplanting ecosystems (Mesocosms) is among the most reliable methods to study effects of climate change and adaptation on plants and soil. Within a European Network of transplantation experiments, the altitudinal transect of Matsch/Mazia serves as case study to investigate plant soil interaction under warming climate. Contact: Université de Lausanne,

Internal Reference: Georg Niedrist

External Reference: Jake Alexander (jake.alexander@unil.ch), Switzerland


Dendroglobal

Collection of Dendrometer data at a global scale within the FPS COST Action FP1106 STReESS - Studying Tree Responses to extreme Events: a SynthesiS to e.g. compare different dendrometer types and estimate tree transpiration based on diurnal dendrometer metrics.

Internal Reference: Nikolaus Obojes

External Reference: Patrick Fonti (patrick.fonti@wsl.ch), WSL, Switzerland

Sapfluxnet

Creation of a global data base of sap flow measurements.

Internal Reference: Nikolaus Obojes

External Reference: Rafael Poyatos Lopez (r.poyatos@creaf.uab.es), CREAF, Spain

Link: http://sapfluxnet.creaf.cat/app


EIS-Matsch

Development and application of story lines regarding the future landscape evolution in the LTSER-site Matsch/Mazia

Internal reference: Erich Tasser

External Reference: Georg Leitinger (Georg.Leitinger@uibk.ac.at), University of Innsbruck, Austria