Logo Castle of ThurnauInternational Conference of

"Atmospheric Transport and Chemistry in Forest Ecosystems"

Castle of Thurnau, Germany, Oct 5 - 8, 2009


The joined DFG Project Group EGER (Exchange processes in mountainous Regions)
in cooperation with the Bayreuth Center of Ecology and environmental Research (BayCEER)
and the University of Bayreuth.
The conference was supported and partially funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)


More than 80 scientists from all over the world met at the more than 600 years old Castle of Thurnau to discuss all aspects of atmospheric transport and biogeochemistry in Forest Ecosystems.


The Conference  

Intensive field experiments were performed in 2007 and 2008 within the joint effort of the EGER research group to study the diurnal cycles of energy, water, and reactive and non-reactive trace substances in the soil-vegetation-boundary-layer interaction of a mountainous forest ecosystem. The intention of this meeting was to provide a venue for micrometeorological and biogeochemical scientists to meet and discuss especially the ideas and results of the EGER-group and ongoing matters focused on forest ecosystems.


The participants were top scientists who work on refined methodological approaches regarding the problem of scale interactions and who work to gain additional knowledge regarding the spatial patterns of the biological, chemical, and physical parameters driving the energy and matter fluxes in a forest ecosystem. This includes homogeneous and heterogeneous chemistry of reactive nitrogen and biogenic trace gases in laboratory systems and ecosystems. 


The entire bio- and geosciences community was represented by senior and junior researchers of the major international Workgroups giving lectures about all aspects of atmospheric transport and biogeochemistry in Forest Ecosystems.

Topics and invited Key Note Speakers  

Session 1 · Heterogeneous Photochemical Processes and Aerosols
Invited Speaker: Dr. Christian George (Université de Lyon, IRCELYON)

Session 2 · Turbulence structure in and above forests
Invited Speaker: Prof. Monique Leclerc (University of Georgia, LEAP)

Session 3 · Horizontal and vertical trace gas advection
Invited Speaker: Prof. Marc Aubinet (Gembloux Agricultural University)

Session 4 · Forest biogeochemistry of reactive trace gases
Invited Speaker:
Prof. Jose D. Fuentes (Pennsylvania State

Session 5 · Poster presentations

Session 6 · SVAT-Modeling and scale interactions
Invited Speaker: Prof. Kyaw Tha Paw U (University of California, Davis, LAWR)

Conference Board  

Scientific committee:
Prof. Thomas Foken, Prof. Franz X. Meixner, Prof. Cornelius Zetzsch, Dr. Eva Falge
Organizing committee:
Dr. Johannes Lüers (coordination, contact), Dr. Stefan Holzheu (BayCEER, EDP), Birgit Thies (BayCEER, office), Gerhard Müller (BayCEER technics)


Dr. Johannes Lüers
University of Bayreuth
Dept. of Micrometeorology
GEO II, Room 108
D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany
Call: +49(0)921-55-2362
Fax: +49(0)921-55-2366