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Lake Neusiedl

reed zone

The reed belt of Lake Neusiedl is an excellent example of a siltation zone in a shallow water body. Due to the Pannonian climate (ca. 600 mm of annual precipitation, annual mean temperature >10°C), the upward soil water flux in the summer, and the high amount of readily soluble salts in the soil, the lake possesses properties of brackish water. Carbon storage in reed belts of this type has not yet been studied, and constitutes the primary focus of the investigations.

The LTER-CWN site Lake Neusiedl is integrated into the biological station Lake Neusiedl (BS) in the town of Illmitz, which is active not only in ornithological, limnological and in botanical research, but also in water analysis.

Eddy Covariance-Tower for determining methane-, carbon dioxide- and water exchange (© University of Vienna, Andreas Maier)

Available infrastructure:

  • Eddy Covariance-Tower for determining ecosystem fluxes of methane, carbon dioxide and water vapour
  • Meteorological stations (BS)
  • Online-sensors for water at steppe lake (BS)
  • Chemical-microbial lab for detecting standard parameter Lake Neusiedl (BS)


of the LTER-CWN project

FFG - Die Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft