German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Halle-Jena-Leipzig
 

Canopy Crane Facility

Measurement sensor in the floodplain forest in Leipzig (Photo: Ronny Richter)
Measurement sensor in the floodplain forest in Leipzig (Photo: Ronny Richter)
Canopy Crane (Photo: Ronny Richter)
Canopy Crane (Photo: Ronny Richter)

No official website so far, information under www.leipziger-auwald.de

After damages as a result of the flood in summer 2013 the canopy crane has been reconstructed in spring 2014. First field studies were undertaken on May, 8th in 2001, initiated by the Leipzig University, the City of Leipzig, and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). iDiv has taken back its canopy crane in the floodplain forest in Leipzig into operation at Wednesday, 9 July 2014.

Research focus

  • Important life processes inside the ecosystem forest, to develop suggestions for forestal utilization and nature conservation
  • Biocenoses of high treetops, their specific adaptions and achievements
  • Functional biodiversity research, i.e. the influence of biological diversity on the forest’s cooling function, the dynamic of carbon storage, catabolic processes and decomposer communities in treetops

Key data

  • Location: Leipzig, floodplain forest, conservation area: “Burgaue”
  • Platform type: Experimental outdoor platform, field studies, revolving tower crane type Liebherr 71 EC, 40 meters high, area to be spanned: 16,500 m2
  • Research groups involved: Scientists from the Leipzig University, iDiv and its partners

Contact

Prof. Dr. Christian Wirth
c.wirth@uni-leipzig.de

Ronny Richter
ronny.richter@idiv.de

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