Canopy Crane Facility

Canopy Crane Facility

Leipzig Canopy Crane

The Leipzig Canopy Crane (LCC) research facility was launched in 2001 in cooperation with the University of Leipzig, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), the City of Leipzig and the Liebherr company. With the financial support from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) it was the first long-term project to investigate the biodiversity and ecology in tree crowns in Central Europe. After the flood damage suffered in 2013, the research crane was put back into operation by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig and the University of Leipzig in 2014. Since that time the LCC is a research platform of iDiv. The Leipzig Canopy Crane is a 380V operated tower crane (Liebherr 71 EC), which stands on a 120m rail and can be moved by electric motors. The crane has a total height of 40m and a 45m long, 360° slewable jib. Thus, a total area of 1.6 ha can be examined in three-dimensional space. The maximum working height for scientists is 33m. Standing in a gondola attached to the crane hook, the researchers can independently manoeuvre precisely in the crown area by using a radio remote control. The aim of the individual scientific subprojects is to record the intrinsic biodiversity within the canopy and to analyse and understand the functions and interactions of their individual components.


Christian Wirth (Director)

Ronny Richter (Manager)

Rolf A. Engelmann (Technical Assistant)

last modified: 24.01.2019