The REPLIM project “Network of observatories of ecosystems (lakes and peatbogs) sensitive to the Climate Change in the Pyrenees” has been officially launched on 1rst July 2016.

The LOOP offers three internships for undergraduate students in the last courses of electronic, telecommunications and computer engineering.

One of the main objectives of REPLIM is to establish a network of monitoring sites in lakes and peatbogs across the Pyrenees, in order to observe the effects of global climate and environmental change on these sensitive ecosystems. The main tasks of LOOP in the project are related to the development of new methods and protocols adapted to the requirements of long term monitoring in high elevation lakes.

Five lakes already included in the LOOP observation network are now also part of the REPLIM network, and are monitored more intensively. For this purpose, during the summer 2017 we have deployed in each of these lakes a thermistor chain, a sediment trap and a water level recorder. The five lakes are located at different altitudes, between 1,600 and 2,600 m asl.

The Cap de la Ribereta peatland, in the Aigüestortes National Park, has been included in the REPLIM network of monitored peatlands. It is located at an altitude of 2,300 m asl, and covers an area of 1.6 ha. It is a small high mountain Sphagnum peatland, with a thickness of around 60 cm (including peat and the living moss), and crossed by a small meandering stream.

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