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URPP Global Change and Biodiversity



The Laegern site (47.48N, 8.40E) is composed of a managed mixed deciduous mountain forest, dominated by Common beech (Fagus sylvatica) and Norway spruce (Picea abies). It is located on the south-facing slope of the Laegern mountain northwest of Zurich (CH) at about 680 m asl. (Etzold et al., 2010). The site serves as a supersite for various activities and forms part of CarboEurope (Eddy flux measurements), AERONET, NABEL (Swiss air quality network), Pyrogenic carbon studies network and the European Space Agency project 3D Vegetation Lab (Morsdorf et al., 2011).

Figure 1:  Combining 3d measurements and radiative transfer models helps to improve forest monitoring and to increase understanding of ecosystem functioning. For full resolution click here. An exemplary dataset acquired by terrestrial laser scanner on the site can be explored in full 3d here.


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3D point cloud of the Laegern

Besides the tree, you can also see the field crew and their equipment. Figure by Fabian Schneider.