Description of the Waldstein Measuring Site

  • Thomas Foken
  • Pedro Gerstberger
  • Katharina Köck
  • Lukas Siebicke
  • Andrei Serafimovich
  • Johannes Lüers
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 229)


The chapter gives a brief overview of the measuring sites of the Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research at the Waldstein mountain, Germany, northeast Bavaria, with a special focus on the Waldstein-Weidenbrunnen site (FLUXNET site DE-Bay) as well as the Pflanzgarten and Köhlerloh sites. The climate of the area, the structure of the forest stands with plant area index profiles, and the soil properties are described. There is a special focus on the tower installations, the permanent program, and the special experimental campaigns. Pictures of all sites and all relevant data are given, while the instrumentation is listed in Appendix A. Due to the storm event “Kyrill” in January 2007, the southern part of the forest was destroyed. A trace gas flux footprint analysis is presented for conditions after a large wind throw.


Storm Event Niwot Ridge Trunk Space Micrometeorological Measurement Plant Area Index 
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The operation of the site was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Technology (PT BEO-0339476 B, C, D), the European Community (EUROFLUX), the German Science Foundation (FO 226/16-1, FO 226/22-1), and the Oberfranken Foundation (contract 01879). This work was only possible with the enthusiasm and hard work, sometimes under harsh weather conditions, of so many technicians, students, PhD candidates, and motivated scientists.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Foken
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pedro Gerstberger
    • 2
    • 3
  • Katharina Köck
    • 4
  • Lukas Siebicke
    • 5
  • Andrei Serafimovich
    • 6
  • Johannes Lüers
    • 2
  1. 1.BischbergGermany
  2. 2.Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental ResearchUniversity of BayreuthBayreuthGermany
  3. 3.University of Bayreuth, Chair of Plant EcologyBayreuthGermany
  4. 4.HofGermany
  5. 5.Georg-August-University Göttingen, BioclimatologyGöttingenGermany
  6. 6.Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for GeosciencesPotsdamGermany

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