Environmental changes in our climate, land productivity, water resources or the chemistry of our atmosphere have far-reaching effects on the functionality of ecosystems. Six Helmholtz Centers use the terrestrial environmental observation platforms (TERENO) to catalog the long-term effects of global change on various environmental systems and to develop strategies to counteract negative effects as early as possible.
The four observatories span an earth observation network across Germany, from the northern German lowlands to the Bavarian Alps. They continuously supply long-term data recorded in terms of space and time. "The TERENO observatories are operated with a long-term horizon in order to identify and quantify long-term trends in the development of the environment," explains Steffen Zacharias, soil hydrologist at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ) and coordinator of the TERENO Observatory Harz / Central German lowlands: "TERENO is actively and sustainably involved in various national, European and global network activities for environmental research."