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TERENO – the Facts

TERrestrial ENvironmental Observatories

The national network of observatories is operated by six centres in the Helmholtz Association: the German Aerospace Centre, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Helmholtz-Zentrum München, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam, and Forschungszentrum Jülich, which has taken on the role of coordinator.

The project will initially run for a period of 15 years and has been granted funding by the Helmholtz Association totalling € 12 million over the next three years. Additional funding will be made available for subprojects: for example, the lysimeter network SoilCan (€ 3.6 million) and TERENO-ICOs, which will measure trace gases (€ 2.75 million). Work began on setting up the network in 2007 and the programme was officially launched at the end of 2008.