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Global Change Research Institute, CAS

Ecosystem station Rájec – Němčice

Location: Drahanská vrchovina Upland

Altitude: 625 m above sea level
Average annual temperature (2012): 8.15 °C
Average annual rainfall (2012): 631 mm
Ecosystem: Spruce stand (113 years old)


  • Long-term monitoring of energy and substance fluxes
  • Researching physiological processes (photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration)
  • Understanding the functioning of the spruce ecosystem as a whole and predicting its future behavior in changing climate conditions
  • Proposals for measures to maintain, or more precisely to increase the ability of the spruce ecosystem to capture CO2 from the atmosphere

The ecosystem station is

  • part of the international network of workplaces for long term ecological research ILTER (International Long Term Ecological Research)
  • part of the national research and development infrastructure for carbon monitoring in the Czech Republic – CzeCOS