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5 May 2023
On 17-18 January the eLTER coordination, National Coordinators and site managers from Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK gathered in Brussels to discuss current developments in their national networks.The meeting proved to be a great opportunity to identify common challenges and exchange experiences with pushing forward national processes towards establishing eLTER. Moreover, the participants were thoroughly updated on the current status of eLTER from a European perspective.“It wa...
4 May 2023
The Meteorological Institute (MIM) of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU), Germany, invites applications for the following three ACTRIS positions:Research Assistant on ground-based aerosol remote sensingResearch Assistant on ground-based cloud remote sensingResearch Assistant on quality assurance of lidar systemsThe three positions are offered from 01.06.2023 for a period of 3 years. The positions are full-time with salary and benefits based on the German TV-L E13 scale...
21 April 2023
Citizen science (CS) is one the most promising forms of public engagement and it has huge potential to support science-society interactions with mutual benefits.Environmental and ecological sciences are among the most active in proposing CS initiatives, since they necessarily include social and cultural dimensions to confront the complex local and global environmental challenges. This aspect is particularly evident in the International Long-Term Ecological Research (ILTER) network, which offers...
20 April 2023
The eLTER tools workshop was held in Lyon, France in mid-February 2023, with about 20 participants from 10 countries. The workshop aimed to introduce the latest tools and techniques for working with environmental data from eLTER stations.Topics covered included the collaborative data management platform, DataLabs, which provides a secure space for researchers to collaborate and store code and data. Participants were also introduced to Python tools to extract information from DEIMS-SDR, an essent...
19 April 2023
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München is a leading research university in Europe. Since its founding in 1472 it has been committed to the highest international standards of excellence in research and teaching. The chair for Physical Geography and Land Use Systems (Prof. Julia Pongratz) at LMU’s Department of Geography investigates the interactions between natural ecosystems, land use and climate change. Our group develops and applies the latest generation of land and Earth system models an...
19 April 2023
The call “EURIZON FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME: Remote Research Grants for Ukrainian Researchers” is officially open under the H2020 Eurizon Project.The 6/12 months grant will provide temporary support to vulnerable researchers in Ukraine and, if possible, initiate structured and long-term EU-UA scientific and technical collaborations and joint publications (funding is only for UA researchers).Deadline for applications: May 8th, 2023 at 12:00 (noon) CESTAll details and the application form are available...
17 April 2023
eLTER PPP WP4 and WP6, and eLTER PLUS WP3* jointly organised a ‘Methods-Costs Workshop’ at the CNR Headquarters in Rome, Italy from 10-12 January 2023.The aim was to collect all available information on the elements that affect the costings of the eLTER Standard Observations (SOs) in different habitats and different ‘spheres’ (atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and socio-econosphere). This information is crucial for building the eLTER National RI, i.e., the eLTER Sites and eLTSER Pla...
14 April 2023
We are excited to announce the launch of the eLTER Instagram account: europeanlter!To ensure that the eLTER community reaches out to as wide an audience as possible, we launched the eLTER Instagram account. As of January 2023, the majority of Instagram users (around 77%) are between the age of 18 - 44. eLTER puts a special focus on reaching early career researchers, one of the main target audiences of the project. Apparently, Instagram is the place to be.Being an entirely visual platform, Instag...
13 April 2023
After months of preparation, eLTER launched its Grand Campaign (GC) aimed at filling a critical gap in the photo/video archive of the project and to significantly strengthen communication and dissemination activities. The RI's central communication team will visit selected sites and platforms in over 20 partner countries to take photos and videos with drone and camera, as well as to interview researchers and the national LTER teams.The Grand Campaign will provide five core outcomes (and a f...
13 April 2023
Established in September 2013, Wetlands International Europe is the single network organisation in Europe bringing together 10 NGOs whose shared mission is to inspire and mobilise society to safeguard and restore wetlands for people and nature. Our ambition for the period 2020-2030 is to upscale action to safeguard and restore wetlands, collaborating with multiple partners and mobilising a wide range of actors to transform whole landscapes and sectors. Our access to cutting-edge science, combine...
22 July 2021
The monitoring station of Companhia das Lezírias (CL) joined the LIFEPLAN project, as a representative of the montado landscape. Every week and until 2026, the cE3c team will collect the images and sounds recorded automatically by cameras and audiomoths installed on trees, and samples of spores and flying insects collected with a cyclone sampler and a malaise trap. Soil samples will also be collected 8 times a year. This sampling effort will be alternating every year wit...
20 July 2021
Country: SloveniaeLTER site: Postojna-Planina Cave SystemKarst areas are characterized by solubility of carbonate rocks, resulting in predominantly underground drainage. Due to rapid flow and quick transmission of any substances, these areas are very vulnerable to pollution. Some areas, like large enclosed depressions called poljes, are also susceptible to flooding. This happens when groundwater level rises above surface or when inflow into poljes is larger than outflow through swallow holes.The...
14 July 2021
Following a comprehensive working process eLTER completed a stakeholder assessment identifying six external and one internal stakeholder categories with over 30 groups. The starting point for this mapping exercise was the preliminary stakeholder analysis for the ESFRI application. The initial picture was further developed by several workshops and reflections with internal and external participants. A focus was put on the future eLTER RI coordination and their links to European and national level...
8 July 2021
The Global Ecosystem Research Infrastructure (GERI) arranged a session in the vEGU2021. The session consisted of 10 presentations covering topics like water resources and oceans, SDG’s addressed by RIs, climate models informing policy decisions and the fundamental concept of the emerging GERI, which was presented by the eLTER PLUS coordinator, Professor Jaana Bäck.   GERI is a consortium of six distributed RIs (eLTER and ICOS in Europe, TERN in Australia, NEON in US,&nbs...
4 July 2021
The Swiss Geosciences Community completed its Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2025–2028. It recommends strengthening the multidisciplinary nature of the geosciences by putting all activities under the roof of the Integrated Swiss Geosciences. They will be supported by four specific research infrastructure pillars (Figure 1) that provide the basis for a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary integrated and harmonized geoscientific research environment. Pillar I, Integrated Long-term Observato...
2 July 2021
On 7 April 2021, the Government of Slovakia approved the first Roadmap for Research Infrastructures (SK VI Roadmap 2020 - 2030). This is a key document for research infrastructures (RI), which not only monitors the past development and current state of research infrastructure in Slovakia, but also its connection to the economy, domains of smart specialization, international cooperation in the context of the ESFRI and Horizon Europe.                On 7 Apr...
1 July 2021
Understanding the Earth is not possible without interdisciplinary science. We need a holistic approach where environmental data, research products and services produced by the different Research Infrastructures (RIs) are harmonized and easy to access and use for scientists from any field of environmental research. Such integration efforts are organized within the European environmental Research Infrastructures (ENVRI) community.ENVRI is a cluster of terrestrial, solid earth, marine and atmospher...
30 June 2021
After a scientific evaluation by peers from the community, 24 applications were approved for funding from the first eLTER call for Transnational and Remote Access (TA-RA) under the eLTER PLUS project. Overall 67 scientists from across 10 countries will benefit from the scheme, using the sites in 11 other countries: Germany, France, the UK, Israel, Italy, Greece, Austria, the Czech Republic, Romania, Spain, Finland. The proposals cover a wide variety of ecosystems and topics to be researche...
13 May 2021
Over 150 people from both consortia of the eLTER PPP and eLTER PLUS projects took part in 25 sessions with the audience for each of them varying between +30 to >150. Naturally, due to the high number of participants and sessions, this presented a significant organizational and logistical challenge which was successfully overcome with the joint efforts of both organisers and participants.The meeting started with high-profile guest speakers valorizing the framework where an international resear...
23 April 2021
A data paper has been published in Earth System Science Data journal describing how the eLTER Information System infrastructure has been expanded by a climate service data product, providing open access to pre-processed regional climate change scenario data from a state-of-the-art regional climate model ensemble of EURO-CORDEX.The paper demonstrates a number of the strengths of eLTER including its extensive site network, Information System and ability to publish European-scale data products.The...
27 December 2012
A paper published at the end of 2012 by a team of ILTER members demonstrates the importance of the International Long Term Ecological Research network in studying and monitoring environmental changes at a global level.                                           The paper, authored by Dr Petteri Vihervaara (Finland) and co-workers, is entitled "Using long-term ecosystem service and biodivers...
11 November 2012
The International Long Term Ecological Research Network (ILTER), of which LTER-Europe is a part, is leading the development of the GEO BON Global Network of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Observation Sites. The medium terms aims of this initiative are to pull together the "community of common interest" of individuals and contact points for sites and networks that would be willing to contribute to the network.                 A meta-database of sites will al...
18 August 2012
The Global Land Project has formally accepted ILTER as an endorsed network, enabling ILTER to participate more strongly in GLP research programmes.                 The International LTER network, ILTER, has been accepted as an endorsed network of the Global Land Project (GLP), a joint core Project of both the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). The GLP...
9 March 2012
The EU's INTERACT research infrastructure project, which includes some ILTER research sites, has recently been highlighted by the EU as a success story.                 The EU is funding a number of infrastructure projects aiming to build environmental research and monitoring capacity. INTERACT is one such project. Its main objective is to build capacity for identifying, understanding, predicting and responding to diverse environmental changes throughou...
14 June 2011
News of the LTSER workshop that took place in Helsinki in June, co-organised by LTER-Europe and ALTER-Net                 The workshop 'Long term socio-ecological research: What do we know from science and practice?' was co-organised by LTER-Europe and ALTER-Net. It took place in Helsinki, Finland from 14-17 June 2011. The workshop was attended by 33 people; 14 European LTER networks were represented. The programme featured nine keynote presentations, e...