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University of Gothenburg

Skogaryd Research Catchment

The Skogaryd Research Catchment is part of SITES - Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science infrastructure. SITES offers all researchers, regardless of affiliation, the opportunity to use the resources at nine stations.

Skogaryd Research Catchment (SRC) is the youngest station within SITES, started in 2013. It also became a partner of LTER Sweden in 2019. LTER Sweden is a network for Swedish research and monitoring stations conducting long term ecological research and monitoring. From 2020, the ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System) Sweden moved the Gothenburg University's activity previously conducted at Lanna to the mire Mycklemossen at SRC. ICOS is a European research infrastructure to quantify and understand the greenhouse gas balance of the European continent and of adjacent regions.

Aims for SRC

SRC aims to study processes at a landscape scale. Ecological, biogeochemical, and environmental research often focus on a specific ecosystem or have strict habitat boundaries. However, the growing awareness of systems interactions, feedbacks and large scale consequences calls for approaches that integrate across ecosystems and habitats to consider whole catchments, landscapes and regions. Thus, there is an urgent need for long-term field sites that support integrative and cross-habitat-boundary research.
Our aim for SRC when we applied 2013 to be a part of SITES and for the prolongation (starting 2018) was:
• to develop methodologies to quantify GHG balances at the landscape scale in forested regions that include land-atmosphere, land-water, and water-atmosphere exchange of CO2, CH4 and N2O

• to promote investigations to elucidate the undelaying regulation of the biogeochemical processes

• to promote within canopy linked biogeochemical, physiological and atmospheric chemistry investigations

Aims for ICOS 

ICOS will provide long-term observations (20+ years) required to understand the present state and predict future behaviour of climate, the global carbon cycle and greenhouse gas emissions. ICOS operates ecosystem, atmospheric, and oceanic networks of standardized, high precision measurement stations.