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Global Change Research Institute, CAS

Ecosystem station Štítná nad Vláří

Location: White Carpathians

Altitude: 540 m above sea level
Average annual temperature (2009-2012): 8.37 °C
Average annual rainfall (2009-2012): 770.9 mm
Ecosystem: Beech forest (107 years old)


  • Long-term monitoring of energy and substance fluxes
  • Researching physiological processes (photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration)
  • Understanding the functioning of the beech 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 beech ecosystem to capture CO2 from the atmosphere

The ecosystem station is

  • part of the European infrastructure of the ICOS project (Integrated Carbon Observation System) that is integrated into the international research infrastructure ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures)
  • part of the national research and development infrastructure for carbon monitoring in the Czech Republic – CzeCOS
  • exemplary workplace of the European Center of Excellence CzechGlobe