Intedisciplinary Atmosphere Ecology Experiment on the Tibetan Plateau

Kema 2012

From 07/2012 to 09/2012

Experiment manager: Thomas Foken
Staff: Tobias Biermann, Jürgen Leonbacher

From July till September 2012 our Department took part in an interdisciplnary Experiment conducted by the Atmosphere-Ecology-Glacier (AEG) cluster within TiP (DFG SPP 1372). Collaborating scientist were from the University of Göttingen (Departments of Plantecology and Soil Sience), the University of Hanover (Institute of Soil Sience), the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History in Görlitz, the University of Bayreuth (Department of Micrometeorology), the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Reseach (ITP) and Beijing Normal University.

The research area is located in a small village, Kema, 350 km Northeast of Lhasa, at an alltitude of 4400 m a.s.l., in the center of the major distribution of Kobressia Pygmaea. The researchers were based at the Naqu Ecological and Environmental Obsevation and Research Station, which was build during a cooperation between the University of Marburg and Tibet University (TU) and is now run by the TU and the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP) form the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS).

One objective of the experiment  in 2012 was to investigate the influence of different land surface cover on evaporation and CO2 Flux, which was measured by lysimeters and LiCor Chambers. The effects of drought were simulated within a roof experiment. In order to quantify effects of different grazing intensities on vegetation dynamics on fences have been set up in 2009 and 2010. To see the different dynamics of the ecosystem a variety of labeling experiments have been conducted.

The work was carried out in the framework of the DFG Program SPP 1372 (TiP) and the EU Program CEOP-AEGIS.


Group picture with the family of the village leader during a festival including the visit of a Lama in the Kema region

last modified 2012-09-14