The Upper Stubachtal (Salzburg, Austria) and the surrounding glacial areas in the heart of todays national park Hohe Tauern has been a model research site for the relations between climate, glacier and water for more than half a century.  As early as in the beginning of the 1960s, Heinz Slupetzky, Austrian geographer and glaciologist, established a main research in glaciology and glaciohydrological processes at the University of Salzbzrg.

Today, the research site is coordinated by the Hydrographic Survey of Salzburg and the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS at the university of Salzburg.

The conducted long term research is integrated to global networks and monitoring systems such as LTER. Such long term ecosystem research is a main part of global efforts in understand ecosystems better and in ensuring a sustainable livelihood. All activities are in accordance with the climate and energy stategy Salzburg 2050.