The catchment of the Ellebach River is located in the central part of the TERENO (Terrestrial Environmental Observatories) Lower Rhine Valley / Eifel Observatory and covers an area of 101.3 km². It represents a heterogeneous agricultural dominated area (arable land = 68 %), where the main crops are sugar beet (Beta vulgaris), wheat (Triticum aestivum), maize (Zea mays), rape (Brassica napus), and grass. Main soils are (gleyic) Cambisol and (gleyic) Luvisol with a high amount of coarse alluvial deposits on a former river. The subsurface patterns of this former river system determine land use and hydrological fluxes in the region and they are subject of ongoing research. The mean altitude is 125 m with an average slope of 0.6°. The annual air temperature and precipitation is about 10°C and 705 mm, respectively.
PI: Heye Bogena | PI: Harry Vereecken | CO-PI: Michael Herbst | CO-PI: Lutz Weihermüller
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