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Monitoring and testing

Since 2007, we have gradually been putting in place several monitoring and testing tools and resources for the area covered by the OPE, allowing us to have data relating to all aspects of the environment. Systems have also been put in place to manage and store all the data that are collected.

The OPE'S monitoring and testing resources

  • A forest test siteincluding:
    • a 45-metre tall flux tower
    • three biogeochemical monitoring stations
    • the Osnes-le-Val farmland test site which measures flows of matter and energy between the soil, water, air and biosphere of forest and farmland ecosystems. It is also where we carry out tests into ecosystem response to forcing (test plots used specifically to study ecosystem manipulation).
  • An atmospheric station for monitoring the climate and air quality and for taking air and particle samples.
  • 16 water and aquatic monitoring stations spread out over three subwatersheds, 5 of which have the capacity to take continuous measurements.
  • Satellite and aerial images provided by remote sensing equipment.
  • Observation and inventory networks covering:
    • flora
    • forest
    • fauna (2000 observation points)
    • agricultural production
    • physical, chemical and biological soil quality (around 100 monitoring points)
    • water (over a dozen stations).

Together these networks capture 85,000 data points every year.

Data management and storage

All data collected by these monitoring systems are managed by a central database (Geosciences).

Long-term storage of environmental samples will soon be possible with the opening in 2013 of our Ecotheque, an ecological databank in the district of Bure.

Monitoring and testing resources used within the OPE

The image above shows the various monitoring and testing resources used within the OPE zone: a map of our environment and biodiversity observation networks; a diagram of a biogeochemical forest station; a map of our biogeochemical farmland monitoring stations; an architect's view of the future Ecotheque; a diagram illustrating how satellite and aerial remote detection works; a photo of an instrumented water monitoring station; and a photo of the atmospheric station.

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