Experimental Platforms

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Another important aspect of the Harz/Central German Lowland Observatory is the establishment of the Global Change Experimental Facility (GCEF). Located at the testsite Bad Lauchstädt this facility allows the experiments for scenario-based process analysis and considers different scenarios of land use: intensive vs. extensive, food vs. energy production, monocultures vs. species-rich communities. Climate change experiments allow the manipulation of temperature, precipitation and CO2-concentration within different crop rotations and management schemes. Important biophysical and ecological variables as well as parameters of agro-ecosystems are measured.