What is the ECOTRON Hasselt University?
The Centre of Environmental Sciences (CMK-UHasselt) and the Plant and Vegetation Research group (PLECO-UAntwerp) combine - together with the Sphere-group (UAntwerp) - their expertise in the Centre of Excellence ECO. To enhance their expertise state-of-the-art research infrastructure is being built. The ecosystem measuring tower is one infrastructure, the Ecotron Hasselt University is another important ambitious infrastructure that will be constructed.
Ecotrons are climate-controlled units for the measurement of complex ecological processes and dynamics. The Ecotron Hasselt University will be an infrastructure with 12 sophisticated semi-automated climate chambers, including 12 large lysimeters, that will allow controlled studies of specific ecosystem monolyths and thereby safeguarding the real-time and realistic sun light conditions (i.e.the domes are transparent for a large part of the daylight spectrum).
The Field Research Centre - UHasselt is responsible for the construction and daily management of the Ecotron.