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Skogaryd Research Catchment

The Skogaryd Research Catchment (SRC; 58°23’N, 12°09’E, hemiboreal) is part of the Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science (SITES). SITES is a national coordinated infrastructure for terrestrial and limnological field research, consisting of nine research stations covering the different landscapes and climatic regions in Sweden.

The SITES initiative is a long-term effort founded by the Swedish Research Council and the station owners. Researchers regardless of affiliation are welcome use the stations including the infrastructure in their research and perform experiments (after approval) or outsource tasks which are managed by the stations. Data collected in both background monitoring programs and previous and ongoing projects at the stations are also intended to support past, present and future research.

Interactive map application of Skogaryd

Established in 2013

The Skogaryd Research Catchment station was established 2013 by University of Gothenburg and the Swedish Research Council. SRC:

• was created for interdisciplinary landscape and atmospheric studies and encompasses the complete catchment from a pristine bog system via streams, riparian zones and forests to lakes and the subsequent exchange between the atmosphere and surface waters;
• was created to be a hemiboreal complement to the boreal Krycklan/Svartberget catchment station
• was created to elucidate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from drained organic forest soils internationally;
• will support scientists with logistics for field work, advanced monitoring of matter flow, abiotic and biotic variables, as well as teaching.

Ecological, biogeochemical, and environmental research often focus on a specific ecosystem or have strict habitat boundaries. However, the growing awareness of systems interactions, feedbacks and large scale consequences calls for approaches that integrate across ecosystems and habitats to consider whole catchments, landscapes and regions. Thus there is an urgent need for long-term field sites that support integrative and cross-habitat-boundary research.

Our aim at SRC is to develop methodologies to quantify GHG balances at the landscape scale in forested regions that include land-atmosphere, land-water, and water-atmosphere exchange of CO2, CH4 and N2O. Another aim is to promote investigations to elucidate the undelaying regulation of the biogeochemical processes.

The Skogaryd site. A. Mycklemossen. B. Erssjön C. Följesjön D. Clear Cut E. “Forest on drained organic soil” F. “Forest on mineral soil”

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The SRC harbor several main habitats including mires, forests at different growth stages, lakes, and streams. The fluxes of greenhouse gases (GHG) are measured to a large extent according to ICOS protocol for the Eddy Covariance (EC) methodology for CO2, H2O, and CH4, as well as axillary data for habitats where such protocols exist. For aquatic habitats lacking such protocols, efforts have been made to adopt the best possible measurement practices covering all types of flux pathways.

The GHG fluxes have so far been monitored using 5-6 EC systems and a large number of flux chambers, and various primary production and respiration measurements covering a wide range of habitats. In addition, an ambitious monitoring program for hydrology, water chemistry, and soil and sediment characteristics has been adopted for SRC.

Altogether the measurement designs were made to allow for Net Ecosystem Carbon Balance (NECB) determinations over multiple years. Given this setup with extensive previous data collection and development of advanced research infrastructure SRC has a great potential to contribute to present and future studies of whole landscape GHG exchange in the hemiboreal biome.

The subsites within Skogaryd

A. Mycklemossen
B. Erssjön
C. Följesjön
D. Clear Cut
E. "Forest on drained organic soil"
F. "Forest on mineral soil"
G. Stream vaters


Leif Klemedtsson, manager
+46 31-786 2632, +46 702-74 98 24

Bengt Liljebladh
+46 31-786 2862, +46 733-76 42 88


A member of SITES

Skogaryd is a member of the SITES network. The map shows the SITES locations in Sweden. Skogaryd is located at the large marker. Click on the map to see all stations.

The ground where Skogaryd is situated is owned by Fryxell-Langenskiöldska stiftelsen.

More information about SITES

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Page Manager: Henrik Thelin|Last update: 7/26/2017

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