The station is located in the western part of Jutland, an alluvial valley, approximately 2 km from the coast. The Skjern Meadows is a recently rewetted meadow, which during the 1960s was drained and used for intensive agriculture. In 2002 a large restoration project was finished, and a considerable part of the restored 2200 ha wetland is now flooded during much of the winter season and the water-table depth is rather shallow throughout the year. The plant community is diverse and is still changing because of the restoration and re-wetting of the soils. The most abundant species are soft-rush (Juncus effusus), reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea), perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne), and white clover (Trifolium repens). During the summer, cattle occasionally graze the area. The EC tower is installed in a 3 m high hedgerow on a shallow earth bank, close to an unpaved road. The station has been running as part of the Hobe hydrological observatory ( http://hobe.dk/) since 2008 with a focus on parameters related to the water cycle and general meteorology. Most instrumentation has been replaced within the past year and has now the instruments required according to the instructions for ICOS Associated Sites.
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