University of Gothenburg

Skogaryd Research Catchment

The Skogaryd Research Catchment (SRC) addresses questions on a landscape level regarding greenhouse gas fluxes. The Skogaryd area is located 100 km north of Gothenburg and can be divided into specific environments; mires, clear cuts, drained forests, lakes, streams. Skogaryd is part of SITES - Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science infrastructure. SITES offers all researchers, regardless of affiliation, the opportunity to use the resources.

What we do

In Skogaryd, we aim 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 measurement program in Skogaryd includes flux measurements from forests as well as streams and lakes along with chemical analyses. Data collected at Skogaryd is freely available and can be used by anyone as long as the data is cited as specified in the SITES data policy.

SITES data portal

Part of the SITES infrastructures

Skogaryd is part of SITES infrastructures SITES Water, SITES AquaNet and SITES Spectral. The station began operating in 2013 and is the youngest station within SITES. Skogaryd is also  a partner of LTER - 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 University of Gothenburg'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.

SITES - Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science

LTER Sweden

Integrated Carbon Observation System (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. 

Our aim at Skogaryd

  • is 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
  • is to promote investigations to elucidate the undelaying regulation of the biogeochemical processes
  • is to promote within canopy linked biogeochemical, physiological and atmospheric chemistry investigations
Photo: SITES

Service for researchers

Researchers using the Skogaryd Resarch Catchment are provided with a high tech infrastructure in the field. There are cabins in Skogaryd used for lodging, office, education, and storage. Field crew, with local knowledge, high tech sensor and instrument knowledge can assist during fieldwork.

A workshop for wood and plastics hand craft as well as work related to electronic repairs and development are provided. A nearby farm provides an advance workshop for repair of field equipment.

Data from Skogaryd

Browse data from Skogaryd (SITES data catalogue)

Interactive map of Skogaryd

Here you can view the interactive map application of Skogaryd


Visit Skogaryd Research Catchment

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SITES Research Collaborations
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SITES water at Skogaryd