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UGT Workshop – October 2017

October 23, 2017 11:03 am

UGT held a workshop from the 17th to the 19th of October, Lysimeters – separating processes in flux measurement II.
The following is from the UGT blog.

The UGT branch office in Freising near Munich was once again a meeting point of scientists, customers, UGT-agents and partners to meet up and conduct a 3-day workshop from 17th to 19th October 2017.  The key topic was: Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere transports are the key drivers for all processes in the environment. Under this key topic, we had lively discussions and great presentations. We discussed solutions to enable environmental monitoring with the latest developments. Thanks to the wonderful weather conditions in Freising we had nearly 3 summer days, which enabled presentation of new solutions to show the capacity of science and production in a medium sized plant.

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The 17th of October predominantly showed lysimeters as a proven tool for ecosystem studies.

Dr. Sascha Reth, UGT, Germany, and Prof. Dr. Peter Cepuder, BOKU Vienna, Austria, gave a valuable scientific basis for a lively discussion. A highlight and source of further brainstorming among the 48 participants from 15 countries of the workshop was the presentation of the Green Roof Lysimeters at HS Weihenstephan-Triesdorf by Prof. Dr. Christian Huber, and the presentation of the scientific approach of Prof. Dr. Andrea Carminati concerning his research results.

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We all are facing the impacts of climate change. We must manage the risks and therefore monitoring and measuring is most important! It is therefore that the 18th of October was dedicated to Sap flow and plant water potential measurements through plants from soil surface fluxes.

Dr. Beng Umali, ICT International, Australia, impressed the participants by giving not only a scientific presentation but also practical experience to use Sap-flow sensors, Stem Psychrometers, wireless networks and data-loggers in different scenarios.

A pilot project was the MOORuse presented by Prof. Drösler – pioneer research work, a step towards the future. Martina Zacios, LWF Freising, Germany demonstrated her research work.

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Dr. Oscar Pérez Priego gave a highly estimated presentation concerning the Combined use of Lysimeter and Sapflow to Evaluate the Component Fluxes in a Mediterranean Tree-Grass Ecosystem.

Dr. Armin Raabe, Uni Leipzig, Germany, gave a demonstration on Micrometeorology at Scale of a Lysimeter, scientists and customers had the opportunity to get a good insight into this topic.

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Brainstorming and new ideas was a core topic of the workshop, interesting new ideas were discussed and networks were made.

October, 19th was another highlight of the workshop – Introduction of Plant Water Status Console and Pressure Extractor.

Dr. Ali Farsad, Soilmoisture Inc., USA gave a Practical Demonstration of Plant Water Status Consoles and Pressure Extractors. UGT represents these products in Germany, so it was a good way to get new ideas about how to use these tools.

Dr. Christian Heerdt from UGT presented Measurements with Soil-Insight and gave a demonstration of the work with the rhizotrones.

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Gordon McArthur, Eosense, Canada, gave theoretical basis and practical demonstration concerning the chamber systems like eosFDCO2 in combination with other scientific tools like gas analysers that UGT represents in Germany.

The atmosphere of the workshop was full of the spirit to work together and to initiate new projects and to change experience.

One of the highlight was the great Bavarian evening!

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We thank the scientists for their presentations, the UGT-team was proud to organise the workshop and to host the participants, we look forward to seeing you all again!