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DOI 10.1029/2024ef004510
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Title (Primary) 15 years of integrated Terrestrial Environmental Observatories (TERENO) in Germany: Functions, services and lessons learned
Author Zacharias, S. ORCID logo ; Loescher, H.W.; Bogena, H.; Kiese, R.; Schrön, M.; Attinger, S.; Blume, T.; Borchardt, D.; Borg, E.; Bumberger, J.; Chwala, C.; Dietrich, P. ORCID logo ; Fersch, B.; Frenzel, M. ORCID logo ; Gaillardet, J.; Groh, J.; Hajnsek, I.; Itzerott, S.; Kunkel, R.; Kunstmann, H.; Kunz, M.; Liebner, S.; Mirtl, M.; Montzka, C.; Musolff, A.; Pütz, T.; Rebmann, C.; Rinke, K.; Rode, M.; Sachs, T.; Samaniego, L. ORCID logo ; Schmid, H.P.; Vogel, H.-J.; Weber, U.; Wollschläger, U.; Vereecken, H.
Source Titel Earth's Future
Year 2024
Volume 12
Issue 6
Page From e2024EF004510
Language englisch
Topic T5 Future Landscapes
UFZ wide themes TERENO;
Abstract The need to develop and provide integrated observation systems to better understand and manage global and regional environmental change is one of the major challenges facing Earth system science today. In 2008, the German Helmholtz Association took up this challenge and launched the German research infrastructure TERrestrial ENvironmental Observatories (TERENO). The aim of TERENO is the establishment and maintenance of a network of observatories as a basis for an interdisciplinary and long-term research programme to investigate the effects of global environmental change on terrestrial ecosystems and their socio-economic consequences. State-of-the-art methods from the field of environmental monitoring, geophysics, remote sensing, and modelling are used to record and analyze states and fluxes in different environmental disciplines from groundwater through the vadose zone, surface water, and biosphere, up to the lower atmosphere. Over the past 15 years we have collectively gained experience in operating a long-term observing network, thereby overcoming unexpected operational and institutional challenges, exceeding expectations, and facilitating new research. Today, the TERENO network is a key pillar for environmental modelling and forecasting in Germany, an information hub for practitioners and policy stakeholders in agriculture, forestry, and water management at regional to national levels, a nucleus for international collaboration, academic training and scientific outreach, an important anchor for large-scale experiments, and a trigger for methodological innovation and technological progress. This article describes TERENO’s key services and functions, presents the main lessons learned from this 15-year effort, and emphasises the need to continue long-term integrated environmental monitoring programmes in the future.
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Zacharias, S., Loescher, H.W., Bogena, H., Kiese, R., Schrön, M., Attinger, S., Blume, T., Borchardt, D., Borg, E., Bumberger, J., Chwala, C., Dietrich, P., Fersch, B., Frenzel, M., Gaillardet, J., Groh, J., Hajnsek, I., Itzerott, S., Kunkel, R., Kunstmann, H., Kunz, M., Liebner, S., Mirtl, M., Montzka, C., Musolff, A., Pütz, T., Rebmann, C., Rinke, K., Rode, M., Sachs, T., Samaniego, L., Schmid, H.P., Vogel, H.-J., Weber, U., Wollschläger, U., Vereecken, H. (2024):
15 years of integrated Terrestrial Environmental Observatories (TERENO) in Germany: Functions, services and lessons learned
Earth Future 12 (6), e2024EF004510 10.1029/2024ef004510