2nd Announcement: Workshop Lysimeter – Sap Flow – IoT, Munich/Freising, 18th – 20th March 2020

Registration and workshop fee:
With registration the fee is 225 € for full registration and 150 € for students (75 € / 50 € for one day).
The workshop fee includes lunches, coffee and cake and the participation of the Bavarian evening.


Wednesday, March 18th
09:00 – 10:00 REGISTRATION
Sascha Reth, UGT, Germany
10:15 Lysimeter and Ecotrons – Overview and case studies
Sascha Reth, UGT, Germany
11:00 coffee break
11:30 Lysimeters – Lower Boundary and soil monolith excavation
Stefan Engelhardt, UGT, Germany
12:15 Special applications at lysimeter research
Christian Heerdt, UGT, Germany
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Dual-point-dendrometer – tracking growth, water status, and osmotic processes in trees
Roman Zweifel, Zweifel Consulting, Switzerland
17:30 Group discussion
20:00 Bavarian Evening
Thursday, March 19th
09:00 Influences of green roofs – a comparison to conventional roofs
Johannes Haus, Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, Germany
9:30 Flux estimates at the dry side of the water cycle – observations from lysimeter
stations in a Mediterranean ecosystem
Sinikka Paulus, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Germany
10:00 Improving bioenergy yield under drought stress from field to lab
Esther Singer, EcoPOD Science Program Lead in Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology, Berkeley, USA
10:30 coffee break
11:00 Ecological studies toward future sustainable agroecosystems
George Kowalchuk, Utrecht University, Netherlands
11:30 Lysimeter study on transport and degradation behavior of polyfluoroalkyl substances
Ann-Sophie Heldele, Bavarian Environment Agency, Germany
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Soil processes affected by irrigation with either treated or untreated wastewater irrigation: a lysimeter experiment in Mexico
Christina Siebe, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico
13:30 The right lysimeter for the special need
Sascha Reth, UGT, Germany
14:00 Concept of a Combined Hydrological and Tree Physiological Monitoring at Core Level II Plots
in Bavaria
Stephan Raspe, Bavarian State Institute of Forestry, Germany
14:30 coffee break
15:00 Applications in monitoring plant water status using sap flow and water potential
Ben Umali, ICT International, Australia
15:45 Soil hydraulic limitations to transpiration
Andrea Carminati, Mutez Ahmed, Gaochao Cai, University of Bayreuth, Germany
16:30 Installation of sapflow and psychrometer sensors
Friday, March 20th
9:00 IoT systems for Soil, Plant and Environmental Monitoring
Sam Fisher, ICT International, Australia
9:45 Configuring IoT Nodes and Networks
William Bruce, ICT International, Australia
10:30 coffee break
11:00 Cooling urban heat islands – measurements on the thermal regulation effects of urban green infrastructure
Laura Stratopoulos, Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, UGT, Germany
11:30 Analyzing ecosystem functional responses by combining eddy covariance, lysimeters, sap flow and field spectroscopy: the MANIP experiment
Mirco Migliavacca, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Germany
12:00 Practical session: building up an IoT network
downloadpdf4download the poster: Lysimeter-SapFlow_WS 18-20March2020_program
UGT & ICT International have been working closely together for many years to
bring best monitoring technologies to scientists and managers of agriculture and
the natural environment. This to enable a better understanding of water and
water fluxes in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. These topics grows in importance
as the with population pressure and climate change understanding and
management of water becomes ever more critical.
Lysimeters are a proven tool for ecosystem studies. They are the reference system
for matter and energy fluxes in rather undisturbed systems. Big enough to provide
a root space for representative plant stands, they measure precise and detailed
enough to describe fluxes at high resolution. Pesticide leaching, and greenhouse
gas emissions can be quantified for the well defined lysimeter volume.
IoT Monitoring Solutions for the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum.
ICT International manufactures instrumentation which is key to measuring the
soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, enabling in-situ real time measurement of sap
flow (SFM1) and plant water potential (PSY1) in absolute terms. ICT International
products are specifically designed to be deployed in rugged field environments,
use low-power, have wireless and internet connection. These instruments have
been installed around the world – from the Amazon rainforests to the Canadian
In 2019 ICT International released a suite of integrated IoT enabled sensing solutions
designed specifically to measure the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. IoT
monitoring systems offer new opportunities for monitoring and management in
many diverse applications such as ecophysiology research, commercial orchard
production and lysimeters.
This workshop will provide an overview of these new technologies and training
in their use. Also future monitoring and management opportunities from IoT