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ECOTRON HASSELT

ECOTRON
Hasselt

Twelve universes in a box

HERE WE UNVEIL THE FUTURE

In twelve gas and airtight Ecotrons, ecologists at the University of Hasselt are working through different scenarios that could become reality in the not-too-distant future. What happens to an ecosystem when air temperature increases or when precipitation distribution, CO2, or methane content changes? More importantly, how will a plant community react to these climate changes?

LYSIMETERS LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

LYSIMETERS LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

Twelve tailor-made lysimeters help researchers uncover answers today that will help us better respond to changing environmental conditions tomorrow.

A PROJECT THAT PUSHES BOUNDARIES REQUIRES TECHNOLOGY THAT OVERCOMES BOUNDARIES

In Ecotrons, environmental conditions such as air pressure, precipitation, gas composition, and more can be set individually. The only natural parameter is sunlight, which strikes the undisturbed soil column almost unhindered. This allows the development of plant communities under changing conditions to be observed and measured.

THE HEART OF ECOTRON

The twelve Ecotron lysimeters are among the largest lysimeters in the world. The project measures over 100 different parameters, on three profiles, at five different depths. This enables researchers to characterize the state of the ecosystem and derive adaptation strategies for the future.

METER Group lysimeters measure matric potential, temperature, precipitation, water content, electrical conductivity, evaporation, evapotranspiration, CO2, methane content, and many other parameters—with unmatched precision and reliability.

FUTURE-ORIENTED PARTNERS

The Center for Environmental Sciences (CMK-UHasselt) and the Plant and Vegetation Research Group (PLECO-UAntwerp)—together with the Sphere Group (UAntwerp)—combine their knowledge in the Center for Excellence ECO. Together, they are building one of the world’s most advanced research infrastructures. The Ecotrons of the University of Hasselt are part of this project.

ECOTRON HASSELT
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Superior Science

The twelve undisturbed soil columns of the Ecotrons were extracted using a special METER sampling system from Hoge Kempen National Park.

STATE OF THE ART LYSIMETERS—FOR ECOTRON AND YOUR RESEARCH

METER developed twelve innovative, customized lysimeters for the University of Hasselt that researchers can rely on for decades. And we can do the same for you. Whether you’re doing soil, hydrologic, plant, climate, or agricultural research, METER provides you with an individualized, superior-quality lysimeter solution perfectly matched to your research goals. Request a consultation today!

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