EXPEER: Distributed Infrastructure for EXPErimentation in Ecosystem Research


logo_expeerEXPEER brings together major observational, experimental, analytical and modelling facilities in ecosystem science in Europe. By uniting these highly instrumented ecosystem research facilities under the same umbrella and with a common vision, EXPEER is forming a key contribution to structuring and improving the European Research Area (ERA) within terrestrial ecosystem research. EXPEER builds on an ambitious plant for networking research groups and facilities. The joint research activities are providing a common framework and roadmap for improving the quality, interaction and individual as well as joint performance of these infrastructures in a durable and sustainable manner.
EXPEER project provides a framework for increased use and exploitation of the unique facilities through a strong and coordinated programme for Transnational Access to the infrastructures. Extensive outreach and collaboration with related networks, infrastructures as well as potential funding bodies will ensure that EXPEER will contribute with its key experiences to the shaping and designing of future research networks and infrastructures, and that it has full support from all stakeholders in reaching its long-term objectives.
The establishment of the EXPEER Integrated Infrastructure enables integrated studies of the impacts of climate change, land use change and loss of biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems through two major steps:

  1. Bringing together the EXPEER Infrastructures to enable collaboration and integration of observational, experimental and modelling approaches in ecosystem research (in line with the concept developed in ANAEE);
  2. Structuring existing network of ecosystem observational, monitoring and experimental sites across Europe (LTER-Europe).

BioSense Center is responsible for research focused on ecosystem functions, biodiversity, biogeochemistry, climate change, air pollution impact, land use etc. on Mt. Fruska gora.

Remote users are offering real-time 24/7/365 on-line access to environmental parameters measured by distributed sensors via wireless sensor network (WSN): temperature, humidity, solar radiation. Also, other parameters not being measured directly by WSN are available on-line: wind direction, wind speed, precipitation, soil moisture, soil temperature, leaf wetness, CO2, NOx, O2, SO2, O3. Other analysis and parameters on this are also available on-line, but not in real-time (according to their schedule).

Project Website: http://www.expeeronline.eu/