The SCALEX flight campaign seeks to investigate biosphere-atmosphere over an orographically structured terrain. Airborne activities include regional scale flights with the ENDURO, an ultra-light aircraft operated by KIT, as well as intensive local probing of the planetary boundary layer with unmanned aerial vehicles. This campaign is open to participation by interested early-stage researchers and university lecturers. If selected, EUFAR will fully cover related travel and subsistence expenses.
About the research campaign:
TERENO-prealpine observatory, comprising a series of observatory sites along an altitudinal gradient within the Ammer catchment, was built up to characterise and quantify the consequences of climate change on water-, carbon- and nitrogen cycling including GHG fluxes. The principal integrated sites Graswang (860 m a.s.l.), Rottenbuch (750 m a.s.l.) and Fendt (600 m a.s.l.), and in addition a flux site at Schechenfilz, several climate stations, a precipitation gauge transect, and a rain-radar and wind-lidar were built up and are run by different working groups of IMK-IFU. Thus, the TERENO-prealpine observatory represents the most important cross cutting activity of IMK-IFU. Climate change concerns the earth-system compartments of the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and pedosphere over a wide range of temporal and spatial scales and hence, energy and matter fluxes between these compartments need to be determined across a range of scales as well. For instance, simulations of plant growth and GHG emission could be altered under climate change conditions, as lateral vadose zone nutrient transport is sensitive to a changed hydrologic regime. The TERENO-prealpine setup with long-term site-scale measurements arranged at different elevations opens the potential for insight on how well energy and matter fluxes can be captured on various scales in a (heterogeneous) landscape. The scale expansion from the operational site scale measurements can be achieved only by linking atmospheric, hydrologic, and biogeochemical observations with modelling as well as remote sensing / airborne activities on different scales from local (UAV) to regional (ultralight aircraft).
Who is eligible?
To be eligible, applicants must work/study in an institution established in a European Member State or Associated State and in a country other than the legal entity operating the selected aircraft, i.e. Germany in this case. The selection of the applications is performed by the EUFAR Education and Training evaluation committee. After the campaign, the participants will be requested to write a report.
How to apply?
Register on the EUFAR website and select the “SCALEX” campaign under the list of flight research campaigns open to training, by clicking on the following link: http://www.eufar.net/projects/education-and-training/open-existing-campaigns/
On this page, you can also find other projects that are open to training via EUFAR's “Join an Existing Campaign” scheme.