Research site Neustift

The research site Neustift is embedded in an agricultural landscape at the bottom of Stubai valley at 970 m a.s.l. The site is equipped with a container supplied with electricity, wlan and air conditioning, containing measuring instruments and data storage devices. Sensors in the field measure biogeochemical cycles (i.a. eddy covariance) and other environmental parameters.

Current research projects at this site are about changes in the biogeochemical cycles mentioned above and in the resulting physiological and taxonomical adaptations of the vegetation, but there is also socioecological research on agricultural driven changes in landscape and ecosystem services.

The research site Neustift is part of the LTER (Long-Term Ecosystem Research) site Stubai and the LTSER platform Tyrolean Alps and is incorporated in the global FLUXNET network (FLUXNET ID: AT-Neu).


Recent projects

  • LEITINGER, G. & TAPPEINER, U.: LUCSES - Forecasting impacts of land-use and climate change on ecosystem services from shrub-encroached mountain grassland (FWF)
  • WOHLFAHRT, G.: Constraining terrestrial gross primary productivity by joint measurements of the carbonyl sulfide exchange and sun-induced fluorescence (FWF)
  • WOHLFAHRT, G.: Soil carbonyl sulfide consumption, production and exchange with the atmosphere (FWF)
  • Cycling of carbon and water in mountain ecosystems under changing climate and land use (Provinz Südtirol)
  • Carbonyl sulfide and sun-induced fluorescence as joint constraints on terrestrial carbon cycling (EU Marie Curie)
  • COS emission by vascular plants under biotic and abiotic stress (TWF)

Recent publications

  • SEEBER, J. et al. (2022): Effects of land use and climate on carbon and nitrogen pool partitioning in European mountain grasslands. Science of the Total Environment 822: 153380, 
  • FISCHER, A., FELBAUER, L., JANICKE, A., HELFRICHT, K., HOFFMANN, H. & WILD, E.-M. (2022): Glaciers, Climate and People: Holocene Transitions in the Stubai Valley. In: SCHICKHOFF, U., SINGH, R.B. & MAL, S. (eds.): Mountain Landscapes in Transition. Sustainable Development Goals Series. Springer, Cham.
  • DELWICHE, K.B. et al. (2021): FLUXNET-CH4: A global, multi-ecosystem dataset and analysis of methane seasonality from freshwater wetlands. Earth System Science Data 13: 3607–3689, doi: 10.5194/essd-2020-307.
  • DORO, L., WANG, X., AMMANN, C., DE ANTONI MIGLIORATI, M., GRÜNWALD, T., KLUMPP, K., LOUBET, B., PATTEY, E., WOHLFAHRT, G., WILLIAMS, J.R. & NORFLEET, M.L. (2021): Improving the simulation of soil temperature within the EPIC model. Environmental Modelling and Software 144, 105140, doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2021.105140.
  • HARPER, A.B. et al. (2021): Improvement of modelling plant responses to low soil moisture in JULESvn4.9 and evaluation against flux tower measurements. Geoscientific Model Development 14: 3269–3294, doi: 10.5194/gmd-14-3269-2021. 
  • JOHNSTON, A.S.A. et al. (2021): Temperature thresholds of ecosystem respiration at a global scale. Nature Ecology & Evolution 5: 487–494, doi: 10.1038/s41559-021-01398-z.
  • KOOIJMANS, L., […], SPIELMANN, F.M., WOHLFAHRT, G., et al. (2021): Evaluation of carbonyl sulfide biosphere exchange in the Simple Biosphere Model (SiB4). Biogeosciences 18: 6547–6565, doi: 10.5194/bg-18-6547-2021.
  • KWON, T., […], KITZ, F., […], WOHLFAHRT, G., et al. (2021) Effects of Climate and Atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition on Early to Mid-Term Stage Litter Decomposition Across Biomes. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change 4, 678480, doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2021.678480. 
  • MIGLIAVACCA M., MUSAVI T., MAHECHA M.D., […] BAHN M., WOHLFAHRT G., […] REICHSTEIN M. (2021): The three major axes of terrestrial ecosystem function. Nature,
  • TAPPEINER, U., LEITINGER, G., ZARINA, A. & BÜRGI, M. (2021): How to consider history in landscape ecology: patterns, processes, and pathways. In: Landscape Ecology 36, 2317–2328, http:​/​/​/10.1007​/s10980-020-01163-w
  • WOHNER C., DIRNBÖCK T., PETERSEIL J., PRÖLL G. & GEIGER S. (2021): Providing high resolution data for the long-term ecosystem research infrastructure on the national and European scale. In: FREITAG U., FUCHS-KITTOWSKI F., ABECKER A., HOSENFELD F. (eds) Umweltinformationssysteme – Wie verändert die Digitalisierung unsere Gesellschaft? Springer Vieweg, Wiesbaden.
  • ZHANG, Z., ZHANG, H., CUI, Z., TAO, F., CHEN, Z., CHANG, Y., MAGLIULO, V., WOHLFAHRT, G. & ZHAO, D. (2021): Global consistency in response of terrestrial ecosystem respiration to temperature. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 308–309, 108576, doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2021.108576

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