Training course: Plant productivity and indexes as a proxy for basic ecosystem features

An eLTER H2020 training session contributing to Ecosystem Integrity monitoring at LTER sites

When: 8 – 12 May 2017
Where: Monterotondo (Rome), Italy
Contact: Giorgio Matteucci (
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Measuring productivity and related features like biomass of an ecosystem or habitat is an important objective in monitoring and research programs dealing with system approaches. As a basic system feature this is indispensable when addressing Ecosystem Integrity or Ecosystem Services. We offer a training session bringing together experts from various projects and organizations, intending to share methods and develop ideas. The main focus is on training recent methods addressing plant productivity of systems at different scales.

In the training we will consider several methods, also those not requiring too much investment in expensive devices, so that most research, monitoring or observation sites (LTER, ICP-Forests, ICOS) will be able to apply the trained methods later on by themselves. The methods will be applicable for sites with sparse or seasonal vegetation too.

The field methods trained (measurement of Leaf Area Index – LAI, biomass) will be also connected to Remote and Proximal Sensing approaches (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index – NDVI, green indexes) with consideration of up-scaling issues from plot to site and landscape level.

LAI measures will be applied according to protocol which should later be applied at the sites of participants, for which we are aiming at gaining a single dataset for all participating sites, analyse and publish it (as an article and a published dataset as well).

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