TERENO is a Helmholtz Research Initiative in the field of environmental research. It was established in 2008 and is expected to run for 10 to 15 years. It spans an Earth observation network across Germany with 4 observatories.
One of the observatories is the Bavarian Prealpine Observatory which comprises the “River Ammer catchment”, the long term silvicultural research platform ”Höglwald Forest“, and the long term agricultural research farm “Scheyern“. It is jointly coordinated by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Helmholtz Center Munich (HMGU).
Long term observations as carried out at TERENO observatories are an indispensable pre-requisite to improve our knowledge of the complex biosphere-hydrosphere-atmosphere (BHA) interactions and to detect and analyze the impact of Global Change parameters on these interactions as well as to develop, improve and validate BHA model systems. The necessary instrumentation at the TERENO observatories to achieve this ambitious goal is at an advanced stage. The world’s largest lysimeter network, TERENO-SOILCan, became operational in 2010. Research is underway at all sites.