HOW TO MEASURE SOIL MOISTURE IN THE DESERT WITH COSMIC-RAY NEUTRONS?

Author: Stephanie Reiter eLTER TA site: Negev Research stay dates:      09/16 to 01/17   The water bound in our soils, in particular soil moisture, influences plant growth, water infiltration, flood regulation and even climate patterns. Although on a global scale the overall quantity of soil moisture is small (<0.05%), it influences ecological, hydrological and meteorological processes.... Continue Reading →

Light and conversation advance the work of the Cairngorms LTSER

Author: Jen Holzer Cairngorms LTSER Israeli musicians Ehud Banai and the Refugees muse in the 1987 song, “Magic of the Galil”:   “…I imagined Scotland as Tavor Mountain one dark night when I froze from cold a guitar helped me the fire helped me the morning of renewing light helped me….”   While longing for... Continue Reading →

Adventures in the stoichiometry of Braila Island, Research Center in Systems Ecology and Sustainability

Author: Shabnam G.Farahani Braila eLTER My scientific trip to Romania started on September 2nd, 2017. On the following day, I visited the Faculty of Biology, of the University of Bucharest where I met  the intimate staff of Biogeochemical Circuits laboratory. On Monday morning after meeting the team from the Research Center in Systems Ecology and Sustainability, we... Continue Reading →

Atmospheric nitrogen deposition may endanger carbon storage in peatlands – how do the fungi respond?

By Heikki Kiheri, Natural Resources Institute Finland Approximately one third of global soil carbon is stored in northern peatlands as slowly decomposing organic material. Peat carbon is accumulated due to net imbalance of production and decomposition. This enormous amount of carbon is sequestered from the atmosphere by plants and accumulated under the waterlogged, acidic conditions... Continue Reading →

In the realm of blueberries and moss… radiometry measurements at Kindla Integrated Monitoring site, Sweden

By Jan Pisek, Senior Research Fellow, Tartu Observatory, Estonia The BRACE project (Background Reflectance ACross Europe) is one of 23 small projects supported by the eLTER H2020 project’s Transnational Access scheme (which is funded by the European Union). The objective of the project is to collect in situ measured background/understory reflectance data across diverse ecosystem... Continue Reading →

(Don’t) judge an aquifer by its covering

By Laura Busato, Siptenfelde and TERENO observatory Harz/Central German Lowland My second time in Germany starts on a hot and sunny summer day. After a short meeting with researchers and technicians from the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, and some instrumentation checking, me and the other group member are ready to reach the TERENO field... Continue Reading →

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