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Gravel Bar - Geomophologic Hot Spot
Indoor Experimental Facilities
Lunzer Rinnen - Experimental Flumes
Lunzer See - Lake Lunz
Oberer Seebach Site (OSB)
Ybbs River Stream Network (YRN)

Oberer Seebach (OSB) - long term stream monitoring site

Oberer Seebach (OSB) in Lunz am See has been a hotspot of stream research for over more than half a century. The site integrates the 24.8 km2 catchment of the Seebach valley and acts as the major inflow to lake Lunz. Past work by the Battin Lab included studies on dynamics of DOM quality and CO2 evasion fluxes with funding from the FWF (START) and the University of Vienna to Tom Battin.

Furthermore, the OSB has evoked to one of our core sites for the EXCARB project funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Within this work we are striving to quantify all C-fluxes into lake Lunz.


Data availiability for this long term stream monitoring site reaches back to 1910s years for hydrological data, thus allowing to link recent observations to long term timeseries data. Besides hydro-meteorological recordings the current equipment at the site involves an Axys GHG Sentinel system, ISCO automated sampler units, and, as of 2015, a S:::can Spectrolyser probe.

The extensive work at this field site would not be possible without the support of our motivated field technicians from the WasserCluster Lunz, namely Gertraud Steniczka, Christian Preiler and Michael Mayr that have helped to keep the station operational for many years.




Relevant Publications

  • Fasching, C., Ulseth, A. J., Schelker, J., Steniczka, G. and Battin, T. J. (2015), Hydrology controls dissolved organic matter export and composition in an Alpine stream and its hyporheic zone. Limnol. Oceanogr.. doi:10.1002/lno.10232