The site Murau is part of the European Level II Forest Monitoring System in the frame of the International Co-operative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests (ICP Forests). This site is one out of 16 Austrian Level II sites; it was established in 1995 and is, since 2006, part of the LTER Austria network. The site is situated in the north-west of the federal country Styria in the Austrian Central Alps about 100 km west of the city of Graz at 1550 m a.s.l., in a 130 year old managed spruce-larch forest.
Forest monitoring; the main objective is to gain a better understanding of the cause-effect relationships between the condition of forest ecosystems and anthropogenic as well as natural stress factors (in particular air pollution) by means of intensive monitoring on a number of selected permanent observation plots spread over Europe
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atmospheric parameter, biological parameter, ecosystem parameter, soil parameter