Welcome to the website of the long-term socio-ecological research site
In 2014 the Matschertal /Val di Mazia has been accepted as a research site of the long-term ecological research (LTER) network. Over the past decade, a number of studies and measuring campaigns have been conducted in this valley, located in the heart of the Alps of northern Italy. Continuous monitoring and recording of biotic and abiotic parameters allow scientists to observe climate and land-use changes over a long-term period.
The results published in "New Phytologist" demonstrate that reduced water availability and higher atmospheric water demand limit larch at low elevation within dry Alpine regions. This indicates a general upward shift of this species’ elevational amplitude upon climate change, and respective negative effects on future silvicultural use and ecosystem services at lower elevations in the European Alps.
The citizen science project iNaturalist is finally connected with our LTSER site Matsch|Mazia! We invite you to record your observations of plants and animals and to share them with the community! Species will be determined and discussed together!
Cammino LTER 23.09.-27.09.2019
Socio-ecological marathon - 42 km of aLTERnative transhumance between Austria and Italy
Cammini are travelling events lasting several days and connecting in slow mode two or more LTER sites. They are based on interaction and mutual exchange of knowledge and experience among LTER scientists and civil society.
This autumn a transnational hiking tour will start in Obergurgl in Ötztal and arrive in Matsch valley in Vinschgau.