Guten Tag from Müncheberg, Germany. Müncheberg is a small town (or actually an association of villages) half-way between Berlin and the border with Poland. I am here working on a Cross-Sector Project for the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF). The purpose of the project is to bring together data collected by a variety of projects to examine issues of erosion and carbon storage at the landscape scale. The goal is to be able to detect or predict the degree of erosion/deposition, redoximorphic processes, and soil carbon. ZALF has served as a research and extension institution since the 1920s, primarily focused on improving agriculture in northeast Germany. Addressing ecological issues increased in importance in the late 1980s and was formalized into the center’s mission with its reorganization into the Leibniz Association following the German Unification Treaty. ZALF and its satellite research stations are all on landscapes glaciated during the Weichselian (~25,000 to 13,000 YBP). In addition to outwash plains, the till of the knob and kettle topography is also sandy, making the area similar to Michigan. The major difference is lower precipitation, which means Spodosols are rare. I am enjoying this opportunity to explore different methods of data analysis and experience German culture.
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