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Socio-ecological research in the Danube Delta ... supported by eLTER H2020

13 August 2016

In her blog post, Jen Holzer describes her eLTER H2020 TA research to explore local perspectives in the Braila Islands, Romania. She's also been enjoying the region's wildlife!                

Jen Holzer, a PhD student at the Technion Socio-Ecological Research Group in Haifa, Israel visited the Braila Islands LTSER platform in Romania recently. Her research trip was supported by the eLTER H2020 project's Transnational Access (TA) scheme. Jen has written about her visit in a blog post.

The Braila Islands LTSER platform, located on the Danube River, is a complex research facility comprising a series of distributed field monitoring and research stations and a complete automated real time measurement station.

During Jen's visit to the region, she interviewed researchers and other local people about environmental issues within the region. Her research was part of the TASER project (Transition to Socio-Ecological Research – Assessment and Characterization), which aims to characterize how researchers and stakeholders affiliated to LTSER platforms understand and implement socio-ecological research, how they define goals and how they measure success at achieving those goals.

Jen and her co-workers will also investigate the gap (or lack thereof) between the stated goals of the LTSER as a stakeholder-integrated, research framework for solving real-life environmental challenges, and the on-the-ground activities and research program of the LTSER platforms.

The TASER team will also visit two other European LTSER platforms: the Cairngorms (UK) and Doñana (Spain).

Thanks to the SSALTER blog team for posting Jen's article.

Jen Holzer