Earth Science Informatics

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 671–684 | Cite as

A web-based platform for terrestrial data repository from Chicken Creek catchment

  • Davood MoghadasEmail author
  • Wolfgang Schaaf
  • Werner Gerwin
  • Annika Badorreck
  • Reinhard F. Hüttl
Software Article


Exploring hydrological and ecological processes plays a key role in understanding ecosystem developments. In this respect, the constructed catchment, Chicken Creek, has been established for fundamental and interdisciplinary scientific research. Since 2005, an ongoing monitoring program has been launched to measure hydrological, biological, meteorological, and pedological parameters during the ecological development of the site. This comprehensive and multidisciplinary monitoring program has produced a diverse large data set. Handling such complex data for research purposes can be a cumbersome task. Consequently, we developed an online data portal ( to efficiently handle the data from Chicken Creek catchment. The portal was constructed using Shiny package of the R programming language. This platform provides a web-based data repository allowing for data discovery, download, visualization, and analysis. The data include time series of different parameters from installed sensors, data from laboratory analyses, vegetation data, data from sampling campaigns, and aerial photos. This platform demonstrates the relevancy and potentiality of the R-Shiny for constructing an online data portal to be used for multidisciplinary scientific purposes. The Chicken Creek data portal thus provides a comprehensive and reliable database to give scientists a fast and easy access to all collected data.


Data management Web portal Observation data Monitoring R-Shiny Ecosystem developments 



The Chicken Creek observatory is supported by BTU Cottbus - Senftenberg as well as by the Brandenburg Ministry of Science and Research. Results were obtained in the framework of the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre (CRC/TR) 38 “Structures and Processes of the Initial Ecosystem Development Phase in an Artificial Catchment” which was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The artificial catchment Chicken Creek was constructed with the technical and financial support provided by Vattenfall Europe Mining AG. We thank all technical staff for their help with the field work, sample analyses as well as data processing.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Center Landscape Development and Mining LandscapesBrandenburg University of TechnologyCottbusGermany
  2. 2.Chair for Soil Protection and RecultivationBrandenburg University of TechnologyCottbusGermany
  3. 3.German Research Centre of Geosciences Potsdam (GFZ)TelegrafenbergPotsdamGermany

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