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Feldbach – WegenerNet (Emerging)

Operator: University of Graz
DEIMS-SDR Database: Feldbach -WegenerNet
Contact: Gottfried Kirchengast

Site description

The WegenerNet climate station network region Feldbach is a pioneering weather and climate observation experiment at very high resolution located in Eastern Styria near the city of Feldbach in Southeast Austria, a region characteristic for experiencing a rich variety of weather and climate patterns. The network comprises 151 meteorological stations measuring temperature, precipitation, and other parameters, in a tightly spaced grid within an area of about 20 km x 15 km centered near the city of Feldbach (46.93°N, 15.90°E). With its stations every about two square-km (area of about 300 square-km in total), and each station with 5-min time sampling, the network provides regular measurements since January 2007.

Messstation im Feldbachgebiet

As of 2010 a complementary meteorological-hydrological network of several stations was added in the mountainous upper Styrian region of National Park Gesaeuse as contribution to the LTER site Johnsbachtal (the "sister site" LTER_EU_AT_029_001 of this site LTER_EU_AT_029_002, both affiliated with the LTSER Platform Eisenwurzen). As part of the Johnsbachtal site, the WegenerNet operates seven mountain-proof stations within a region-scale of about 10 km, ranging from valley altitudes below 1000 m to mountain tops higher than 2000 m. The WegenerNet at both sites together provides strong value for both alpine foreland and mountain region studies.:


  • Kabas T., Leuprecht A., Bichler C., and Kirchengast G. (2011): WegenerNet climate station network region Feldbach, Austria: network structure, processing system, and example results. Adv. Sci. Res., 6, 49-54, doi:10.5194/asr-6-49-2011.

  • Kirchengast G., Kabas T., Leuprecht A., Bichler C. and Truhetz H. (2014): WegenerNet: A pioneering high-resolution network for monitoring weather and climate. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc, 95, 227–242, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00161.1