Forest Climate in Vertical and Horizontal Scales

  • Jörg HübnerEmail author
  • Lukas Siebicke
  • Johannes Lüers
  • Thomas Foken
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 229)


Microclimate was investigated within a heterogeneous spruce forest in Northern Bavaria, Germany, at the Waldstein–Weidenbrunnen site, especially during the EGER project in 2007, 2008 and 2011. Besides standard tower measurements, two innovative measuring techniques were used to investigate horizontal and vertical gradients. A particular focus was paid to advection within the homogeneous part and its effect on NEE, as well as gradients near a forest edge, measured by a mobile measuring system.

The forest canopy shields the below-canopy trunk space and therefore huge gradients are prevalent. However, vertical exchange is PAI-dependent and thus small gaps in the canopy (‘sunny spots’) can facilitate vertical exchange by coherent structures and alter the CO2 concentration within the trunk space. The coupling of different canopy layers also plays an important role in altering trunk space conditions. Decoupling leads to an enrichment of CO2 close to the ground with large katabatic drainage, and coupling leads to depletion. Furthermore, the investigations showed that horizontal and vertical advection contributes significantly to the net ecosystem exchange at the Waldstein–Weidenbrunnen site, especially during nighttime and transition periods.

The investigations in 2011 showed that clearings, with their forest edges, play a key role in vertical exchange in heterogeneous forests. Roughness changes and thermal differences between forests and clearings facilitate downdrafts (during night) and updrafts (during day). This leads to the highest variations in turbulent influenced quantities, like temperature, humidity and trace gas concentrations directly at the forest edge, for example. Additionally, the formation of a secondary circulation system is possible above the clearing during midday, with effects on horizontal gradients.


Coherent Structure Forest Edge Vertical Advection Vertical Exchange Trunk Space 
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The full functionality and fast construction of the measurement devices would not have been possible without the support of our technician J. Olesch and the technical workshops of the University of Bayreuth. We want to thank the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, for the collaboration during the EGER project and for lending us measuring devices. Thanks must also go to J. Tenhunen and the company enviscope GmbH for lending us measuring devices and to the company Sick Vertriebs-GmbH for giving us a bar code scanner as a gift. Furthermore, we want to thank all PhD students of the Department of Micrometeorology, student assistants and G. Müller from BayCEER for helping us during the EGER project. This research was funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) within the projects FO 226/16-1 and ME 2100/4-1 as well as the DFG PAK 446 project, mainly the subprojects FO226/21-1, ME 2100/5-1. The HMMS was funded by the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Mainz and the University of Bayreuth.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jörg Hübner
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lukas Siebicke
    • 2
  • Johannes Lüers
    • 3
  • Thomas Foken
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Uhl Windkraft Projektierung GmbH & Co. KGEllwangenGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology - BioclimatologyUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany
  3. 3.Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental ResearchUniversity of BayreuthBayreuthGermany
  4. 4.BischbergGermany
  5. 5.Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental ResearchUniversity of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

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