Field research platforms
The Woodland Experiment Platform is approximately 10 hectares, including 10 distinct stands of trees. This allows for comparison experiments between tree species. The site is also equipped with power, a ~16m tall meteorological tower, and an automated free-air release system to apply enhanced ammonia in a birch woodland year-round from a point source along a ~50m x 20m transect to study the impacts of ammonia-nitrogen on lichens and mosses. The set up also allows for detailed understanding of atmospheric deposition processes within the woodland.
The Glencorse Woodland Experiment was established in the 1970s to investigating phenotypes of trees and impacts of acid rain on woodlands. On completion of these studies, the Experiment Platform was redeveloped in 2020 to investigate impacts of ammonia addition on woodland trees, lichens and mosses.
The current Glencorse experiment is the only UK field ('real world') study of the impacts of ammonia on woodland. A second 'sister' site is currently being developed in a Sri Lanka woodland.
Partners of the Woodland Experiment Platform include: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; National History Museum; Edinburgh University (site owner); and Peradeniya University (Sri Lanka). The Platform is linked into the UKRI-funded South Asian Nitrogen Hub, and is twinned with a woodland site in Sri Lanka.
The Glencorse Woodland Experiment Platform may be available for use by other research organisations, usually in collaboration with UKCEH: initial enquiries via UKCEH Edinburgh. Historical data is published via the UKCEH Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC) and present data will be available via EIDC on conclusion of the project.
The Woodland Experiment Platform is located at Glencorse, 11km south of Edinburgh, Scotland (near the UKCEH Edinburgh station).
The Woodland Experiment Platform is primarily funded by: UKRI-NERC National Capability (LTSS): UK-SCaPE programme; and UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund: South Asian Nitrogen Hub.
Users of the Woodland Experiment Platform include: UKCEH researchers and PhD students; other UK and international researchers; NatureScot.
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