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

Collaboration between biodiversity and socio-ecological data projects

12 May 2023

A poster presented during a dedicated session at the eLTER consortium meeting in Frankfurt, Germany (17 to 21 April) highlighted the collaboration between researchers contributing from biodiversity and socio-ecological data provided by eLTER RI sites and long-term socio-ecological research platforms.

It presented the BioDT project which has eight use cases, one of which concerns creating a digital twin* linking cultural ecosystem services of recreational potential and biodiversity and is initially focusing on the Cairngorms LTSER platform.

The BioDT project use cases will test the work developed by the project and will address the biodiversity challenges through scenario simulations, predictions and biomonitoring methods. The cases will be divided into four main groups, focused on: 1) species response to environmental change; 2) genetically detected biodiversity; 3) dynamics and threats from and for species of policy concern; 4) species interactions with each other and with humans.

Several eLTER sites and platforms joined the poster session, all of them interested in the potential to include their datasets to parameterise the digital twin being developed in BioDT and provide knowledge to their local stakeholders

* The BioDT consortium adheres to the following definition of a digital twin: “A digital twin is a virtual representation of real-world entities and processes, synchronized at a specified frequency and fidelity.”