The LTER-site "Rhine-Main-Observatory"
The Rhine-Main-Observatory (RMO) is a Long Term Ecosystem Research (LTER) site located in central Germany. It covers the entire watershed of the Kinzig River (1058 km2). In the RMO we examine the long-term effects of habitat fragmentation, land-use and climate change, as well as other environmental variables on animal and plant communities. In doing so, the Rhine-Main-Observatory focuses on habitats associated with freshwater ecosystems and underrepresented in existing long-term study sites. Our research is carried out in streams and in floodplains, in forested, agricultural and urban.