News Archive

News Archive

03 November 2017

Preparing temporal soil net for next season

The temporal soil net is currently prepared and checked for the next installation in the HOAL fields. As soon as the farmers will be finished with the tillage of their land the 11 temporal soil net stations will in addition with the 20 permanent stations measure the soil moisture in the HOAL in 4 different depths with a resolution of 30 minutes.


soil net maintenance
13 October 2017

European network of hydrological observatories (ENOHA)

Recently the homepage of the European network of hydrological observatories - short 'ENOHA' was launched. The aims of ENOHA are to create a network of well-instrumented and monitored hydrological observatories and to ensure a close cooperation between several European research institutions.

The linked catchments are the TERENO catchments in Germany, the HOBE catchment in Denmark, and the HOAL catchment in Austria. Data series of key hydrological fluxes and states in high quality based on a common data policy from these catchments will be provided within this project.

For more information visit


22 September 2017

Deep borehole groundwater sampling

Recently Lovrenc Pavlin, new doctoral student from Slovenia in our DK programme, was operating a sampling from the groundwater wells from the deep boreholes in the HOAL catchment.
In total at 6 wells samples have been taken which will be analysed for chemical parameters but also for stable isotopes and age dating.


groundwater sampling
30 August 2017

Splash erosion investigations

Nives Balenovic, doctoral student from Croatia working in a cooperation project from IKT Petzenkirchen, BOKU Vienna and CTU Prague, started recently her PhD about 'Kinetic energy of rainfall as driving force of soil detachment and transport' (also known as splash erosion).

She is doing her field experiments in the HOAL catchment, where she installed so called splash cups for analysing the kinetic energy of rainfall. Due to the installations in the HOAL she can also take use of the data of the climate station and the present weather sensor, which is measuring raindrop and rainfall characteristics (size, velocity, distribution and intensity).

If heavy rainfall occurs it hits the soil in the soil cups and erodes the soil. The eroded soil is collected in the outer bucket and quantitative determined. Also the surface changes of the soil cups and the soil loss in the cups are analysed via photogrammetry.


splash erosion installation
17 August 2017

New paper published by R. Silasari

Rasmiaditya Silasari recently published her paper in the journal 'Hydrological Processes'. The paper is about the potential of high temporal resolution time‐lapse photography for mapping the dynamics of saturation areas on the hillslope scale during natural rainfall. This link leads you to the paper.