• TERENO Newsletter 1/2021
    October 2021

    The new

    TERENO Newsletter is out now.

  • Flood Event July 2021 Rur catchment
    July 2021

    Flood Event July 2021 Rur catchment

    During 14 and 15 July 2021, extreme floods hit parts of western Germany, eastern Belgium, and parts of Luxembourg and the Netherlands. As the TERENO Eifel/Lower Rhine Valley observatory is located in the area affected by the flood event, the TERENO Data Discovery Portal contains compiled information from a time window around the July 2021 flood events from a multitude of measurement systems of the TERENO network.


    Find out more on the TERENO Data Discovery Portal

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Welcome to TERENO

Introducing the TERENO Network...

Global change has triggered a number of environmental changes, such as alterations in climate, land productivity, water resources, atmospheric chemistry, and ecological systems. Finding solutions to the impact of global change is one of the most important challenges of the 21st century. TERENO is embarking on new paths with an interdisciplinary and long-term research programme involving six Helmholtz Association Centers.

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TERENO Partners

  • Helmholtz Spitzenforschung
  • GFZ
  • FZ Jülich
  • DLR
  • KIT
  • UFZ

TERENO Observatories

 

TERENO spans an Earth observation network across Germany that extends from the North German lowlands to the Bavarian Alps.

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TERENO Data Portal

 

 

Welcome to the TERENO Data Discovery Portal. With this portal you can find data, which is observed by TERENO observatories but also data from third parties.

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TERENO Publications

Here you can find TERENO-related publications` references dating back up to the year 2006. If availabe we provide you with the linked sources for more detailed information on the papers or a download link.

 

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Flood Event July 2021 Rur catchment

flood.nrwThe TERENO Eifel/Lower Rhine Valley observatory is located in the area affected by the flood event on 14/15th July 2021. Find compiled information from a multitude of measurement systems of the TERENO network here.

 

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TERENO Newsletter

newsletter covers montageOur TERENO Newsletters reaching from the latest issue today back to 2008, featuring the latest TERENO activities at the respective time, introducing our test sites and the involved scientists of the various TERENO partners.

 

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Wetterradarturm auf der SophienhöheWetterradarturm auf der Sophienhöhe

Background

For various reasons the radar rainfall measurement is of particular high importance: firstly, the need for comprehensive measurements in the face of recurring partly remarkable rainfall in the region and the intensive use of large hydroelectric power. Secondly, the point measurements of the often few ground precipitation collectors allow estimates of the areal precipitation with limited reliability. Especially in high altitudes ground measurements are affected by wind errors. Finally large amounts of precipitation imlicate risks such as floodings, which need to be predicted in advance. Reliable, early forecast of heavy rainfall is of crucial importance for the mitigation of flooding.

 

Measuring principle

The precipitation radar transmits pulsed microwaves at a frequency of 9.8 GHz (ca. 3 cm wavelength). The waves are emitted with a capacity of up to 200 kW and a pulse width between 0.2 µs and 2 µs. They are partially reflected by water drops while they pass through the atmosphere. These reflections are received and evaluated. The more raindrops, snowflakes, ice crystals or hail a cloud contains, the more microwave radiation is reflected. From the time difference between the transmitted and reflected radiation the distance between the rain drops to the radar is calculated. The reflection intensity is used to calculate the precipitation rate. The Sophienhöhe head over tailings dump of the Hambach open pit surrounded by flat land about 200 m. This guarantees a very small perturbation of the measurement signal right into the Eifel region. This outstanding position makes it possible to carry out precipitation measurements even at very low inclination angles, without disturbing influences of elevations (hills, buildings, poles, etc.).

 

 ...watch the Weather Radar Jülich

 

Wetterradar am 10.03.2019: Sturmtief EberhardWetterradar am 10.03.2019: Sturmtief Eberhard

 

 

 

1st TERENO OZCAR International Conference in Strasbourg

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TERENO OZCAR International Conference – Advancing Critical Zone Science.

New date: Monday October 4 - Friday October 8 2021.


Download Flyer (.pdf) 

 

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New coordinator of the Northeast German Lowland Observatory

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Left: Dr. Markus Schwab, right: Dr. Ingo Heinrich (Photos by Schwab, Heinrich)

Sedimentologist Dr Markus Schwab is the new coordinator for the TERENO Observatory Northeast Germany at GFZ, which has been coordinated by Dr Ingo Heinrich since 2015.

 

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The Alento Hydrological Observatory

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A unique hotspot in a Mediterranean ecosystem: The Alento River Catchment Hydrological Observatory. Find out how TERENO is involved on the EGU blogs ...

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Wüstebach Measurement Campaign

ufz blimpIn fall 2020, the “Cosmic Sense” research unit funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) is conducting a multi-week measurement campaign at TERENO’s Wüstebach site to measure soil moisture dynamics across the entire upper Wüstebach catchment area. Taking part in the campaign are the University of Potsdam (project lead), TU Berlin and Heidelberg University, as well as four TERENO members.

 

Find out more on the Newsletter (page12, .pdf-Download).

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Wetterradar Sophienhöhe

For various reasons the radar rainfall measurement is of particular high importance: firstly, the need for comprehensive measurements in the face of recurring partly remarkable rainfall in the region and the intensive use of large hydroelectric power. Secondly, the point measurements of the often few ground precipitation collectors allow estimates of the areal precipitation with limited reliability. Especially in high altitudes ground measurements are affected by wind errors. Finally large amounts of precipitation imlicate risks such as floodings, which need to be predicted in advance. Reliable, early forecast of heavy rainfall is of crucial importance for the mitigation of flooding.

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TERENO Workshop GFZ Potsdam 11. - 12. September 2019

The drought year 2018 - insights from the TERENO-Observatories




'Thank You' to all who participated in our workshop!
Download the presentations here.
Download the program here (pdf).


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