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

  • Ambrosi, L., Berger, V., Rainer, G. et al. (2024): Spatiotemporal variability of evapotranspiration in Alpine grasslands and its biotic and abiotic drivers. Ecohydrology e2633, 
  • Tasser, E., Leitinger, G., Tappeiner, U. & Schirpke, U. (2024): Shaping the European Alps: Trends in landscape patterns, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Catena 235, 107607, 
  • Abdalla, M. et al. (2023): Evaluation of the ECOSSE model for estimating soil respiration from eight European permanent grassland sites. Agronomy 13(7): 1734,
  • Gomarasca, U. et al (2023): Leaf-level coordination principles propagate to the ecosystem scale. Nat. Commun. 14: 3948,
  • Graf, A., Wohlfahrt, G., et al. (2023): Joint optimization of land carbon uptake and albedo can help achieve moderate instantaneous and long-term cooling effects. Commun. Earth Environ. 4: 298,
  • Tello-García, E. et al. (2023): Red clover productivity under drought: Are soil microbes a burden or a treasure? Environmental and Experimental Botany 214: 105486,
  • Xie, M. et al. (2023): Monitoring of carbon-water fluxes at Eurasian meteorological stations using random forest and remote sensing. Sci. Data 10: 587,
  • Xue, K. et al. (2023): Estimating ecosystem evaporation and transpiration using soil moisture coupled two-source energy balance model across FLUXNET sites. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 337: 109513,
  • Zhang, W. et al. (2023): The effect of relative humidity on eddy covariance latent heat flux measurements and its implication for partitioning into transpiration and evaporation. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 330: 109305,
  • 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.

For more publications please visit the bibliography.

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