eLTER H2020 is pleased to announce a training session contributing to Ecosystem Integrity monitoring at LTER sites.
The training will be focused on: Plant productivity and indexes as a proxy for basic ecosystem features
Monday May 8th – Friday May 12th, 2017
CNR Research Area RM-1, Monterotondo (Rome), Italy
In the training we will consider several methods, also those not requiring too much investment in expensive devices, so that most research, monitoring or observation sites (LTER, ICP-Forests, ICOS) will be able to apply the trained methods later on by themselves. The methods will be applicable for sites with sparse or seasonal vegetation too.
The field methods trained (measurement of Leaf Area Index – LAI, biomass, ###) will be also connected to Remote and Proximal Sensing approaches (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index - NDVI, green indexes) with consideration of up-scaling issues from plot to site and landscape level.
LAI measures will be applied according to protocol which should later be applied at the sites of participants, for which we are aiming at gaining a single dataset for all participating sites, analyse and publish it (as an article and a published dataset as well).
Basic information on logistics
Location: CNR Research Area RM-1, Monterotondo, 30 km North of Rome, connected to Rome Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci Airport by train (every 15 minutes)
Lodging: CNR guest house will be provided free of charge for the participants until is filled. Prioritisation in considering the requests for lodging will be defined in the 2nd Announcement. Information on local hotels of farm guest houses will also be provided. Meals will be provided free of charge to all participants.
Travel: travel costs have to be covered autonomously by participants
For preliminary information please contact Giorgio Matteucci