Sub-area within an intensively cultivated agrarian landscape

The sub-area Scheyern lies within the catchment area of the small river Schnatterbach and represents a landscape with intensive agriculture.

Geographically, the area belongs to the Pfaffenhofen hill country which forms the south western part of the Hallertau, an agricultural region known for its hops production.

Study areas of the Research Network Agroecosystems Munich (FAM) are situated in the eastern part of the catchment area. The long-term measurements of the FAM, especially those concerning climate and weather are important background information for the ESB.
The sub-area covers 10.5 km2.

Sampling site

Scheyern-Fichte Spruce population in Scheyern
Scheyern-Buche Beech population in Scheyern
Scheyern-Regenwurm Sampling site for earthworms in Scheyern
Großpalmberg The sampling site Großpalmberg is located in a mixed forest at an altitude of about 500 m.


Common spruce A major primary producer in semi-natural and anthropogenic affected ecosystems.
Beech As the most dominant deciduous tree species in Central Europe, it plays a significant role in most nearly natural and also anthropogenically influenced forest ecosystems up to an altitude of 1100 m.
Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) As an organism living at ground level, it is a major driver of the decomposition of organic material (e.g. plant litter).
Soil Soil is livelihood and biosphere for humans, animals, plants and soil organisms. All the substances brought in are transported, transformed and/or accumulated in the soil.


Metals Eighty percent of all elements on earth are metals
Nonmetals Only eighteen elements in the periodic table
Chlorohydrocarbons Group of organic compounds with at least one covalently bonded chlorine atom
DDT and metabolites Toxic and persistent organochloropesticide
Hexachlorocyclohexane Several isomeric compounds among the group of chlorinated hydrocarbons
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Group of organic compounds with at least three condensed six-membered rings
Stable Isotopes Atoms of one element with different weights
Flame Retardants Flame retardants reduce the flammability of objects
Perchlorate Salts of perchloric acid
Supplementary parameters Additional information for the interpretation of contamination data

Sampling period

2000 - 2019