Integrated European
Long-Term Ecosystem, critical zone and
socio-ecological Research

eLTER pilot services

As we develop the eLTER Research Infrastructure we are developing and testing a range of services and pilot tools, many of which we have listed here, along with further information about the anticipated services that eLTER RI will provide. Further services will be added as they are developed and we release prototype versions.

More information about eLTER RI service development

Head Office

The Head Office services being developed include those facing outward to external users and those required by internal users.

External user services proposed are:

  • Research project development and support 
  • Support of external reporting and assessment
  • Communication and Promotion
  • Partnerships and liaisoning
  • High-level representation, promotion and strategic alliances
  • Promoting eLTER field site access.

Internal user services proposed are:

  • National Research Infrastructure & community development and management
  • Management, governance and steering across eLTER RI tools and components
  • Service portal/helpdesk operation and iterative improvement
  • Competence building and staff training
  • Strategic RI planning and improvement based on internal and external feedback.

Example service delivery tools are:

The eLTER TA-RA Scheme

The eLTER TA-RA Scheme provides physical and remote access to selected eLTER Sites and Platforms. It is a component of the eLTER PLUS project.

Learn more about the TA-RA Scheme.

The eLTER newsletter

Our newsletter aims to keep people informed of eLTER developments.

Subscribe to the newsletter and read past issues.

The eLTER Head office helpdesk

The contact point for enquiries about eLTER RI services

Data Management and Integration

The services being developed in this area relate to providing FAIR data services to enable acquisition, integration and dissemination of eLTER RI standard observation and other core data including registration and description of network field sites and their capabilities. Key data services include:

  • Site registration and cataloguing
  • Access to Site Data
  • Data ingestion
  • Access to data products
  • Site Information Clusters
  • Data usage statistics.

Example service delivery tools are:


(Dynamic Ecological Information Management System - Site and dataset registry): An existing searchable database of global LTER sites and datasets.



EcoSense allows access to a range of information for eLTER site (via DEIMS-SDR links), time series data from selected sites (via eLTER central data node) and related map layers.

Go to EcoSense


This is an RShiny app designed to enable more detailed searching of eLTER site information, matching with site information added by the user, and downloading of lists of matching sites

Go to DEIMS-enriched

eLTER Spatial Data Processor (Cookie Cutter)

This RShiny application uses eLTER site boundary information to cut out data from user tabular data sets. This allows researchers to produce weighted data for sites of interest (e.g.  from regional socio-economic data).

Go to eLTER Cookie Cutter

Cookie Cutter Tutorial

Optimised Design and RI Interoperability

This area will develop services to enable ongoing specification of the RI site network, interoperability with other RIs and potential for cross-RI research support. We intend to support multi-disciplinarity and co-location of site design with other monitoring networks and RIs, potentially specifying requirements for new measurements and protocols across the network.

The services being developed include:

  • Establishment and continuous updating of eLTER Standard Observations with related methods and protocols
  • Interfacing and collaborating with other networks and RIs on co-location, co-design and joint management of in-situ sites
  • Consultation and support for design and operation of multi- & transdisciplinary research within eLTER RI and across RIs
  • Design of sites enabling a Whole System Approach to research
  • Contributing to the site selection and labelling service link to services of 02_DM
  • Identify best choices for procurement of high-cost instruments across the RI
  • Technical consultation for new eLTER RI members on site locations and requirements
  • Technical consultation on observation maintenance and field calibration.

eLTER Sites and Platforms Forum

This is a forum providing support for Sites and Platform Coordinators through regular online forum events.

Read more about the eLTER SPF and how we are supporting Sites and Platform Coordinators.

Technological Innovation and Development

This area will organise dedicated networking events (workshops / seminars / on-site visits etc) linking business/ industry and eLTER research sites showing added value of collaborating with eLTER  for specific groups (developing and testing of devices, product scaling). We will coordinate in situ technology development and testing to establish knowledge hubs on current technology suppliers, technology needs, software needs, contact points, and possibilities for research and development proposals.

Analysis Tools and Modelling

This area brings together the services and capabilities to develop new analytical methods and modelling techniques to extend the use of eLTER Standard Observations. This will be developed through statistical interpolation, combination with other contextual data (e.g. with remotely sensed data) or as driving data for process models to produce forecast data (e.g. through combination with climate scenario data).

The services being developed include:

  • Discovery and access to a range of tools and models for the community to utilise eLTER data
  • Production and access to synthesised and gap free data products from site to network and ecosystem level based on ecosystem reanalysis (integrating models and data) and capitalising on the data legacy of the eLTER RI sites
  • Tools to integrate and analyse data from the RI using different scales and themes across ecological and sociological data (e.g. natural capital flows)
  • Tools to enable calibration and validation of remote sensed data using eLTER.

Example service delivery tools are:


ReLTER is an R package that provides access to DEIMS-SDR, allowing to interact with software implemented by eLTER Research Infrastructure (RI) and improving the data/information shared among the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network. This package was conceived within eLTER H2020 project and will help advance the development of European Long-Term Ecosystem Research Infrastructures (eLTER RI).

Learn more about ReLTER

Video introduction


CrocoTile tries to find the most relevant tile (granule) of SENTINEL earth observation data for any given eLTER site.

Go to CrocoTile

Synthesis Towards Actionable Knowledge

This area will develop services to increase impact on decision-making processes affecting the multiple and complex socio-ecological problems that humans face in the 21st century. For example, to enable effective climate change adaptation and mitigation, and catalyse a sustainability transformation of natural resource use and management systems.

The services being developed include:

  • Training addressing socio-environmental topics: facilitating capacity building
  • Facilitate the transfer of knowledge between the eLTER observatories and the stakeholders and help transformation, action and adaptation (trans-disciplinary tools) – boundary objects
  • Provide bridging “platforms” (workshops, labs, targeted exhibitions and events, Decision making theatres for interactive testing of scenarios)

Central Analytics and Measurement

Services from this area will complement eLTER’s Standard Observation (SO) and the Whole System Approach. This could be through central laboratories providing SO variables (eDNA, Hydrochemistry etc) or centrally organised campaigns (Geophysics, Aircraft-/Drone campaigns) at eLTER sites and/or sensor loan system to bridge a sudden malfunction of sensors at eLTER sites or for cross-calibration at sites.

The services being developed include:

  • Augmentation of site-based, site-specific and site-operated activities (cross-calibration of SOs, campaigns)
  • Consultation on technical maintenance and field calibration
  • Centralised analytical services (e.g. eDNA, water analysis, soil analysis etc.) across the RI.