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Global Change Research Institute, CAS

Experimental ecological workplace Bílý Kříž

Location: Moravian–Silesian Beskids

Altitude: 850 – 908 m above sea level
Average annual temperature (1998 – 2011): 6.7 °C
Average annual rainfall (1998 – 2011): 1239 mm
Ecosystem: Spruce forest (35 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

Experimental ecological workplace Bílý Kříž 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 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
  • exemplary workplace of the European Center of Excellence CzechGlobe