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SITES Water - a unique multidisciplinary program within eLTER Sweden

15 July 2022

SITES (Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science) is a national infrastructure for terrestrial and limnological field research that partners with eLTER.

SITES aims to promote high-quality research through long-term field measurements and field experiments, and by making data and station access available to researchers, regardless of institution. The core of SITES is nine field research stations that represent a variety of Swedish climate zones and ecosystems, including agricultural land, forests, wetlands, lakes and streams.

SITES also runs several long-term data collection programs that provide researchers with contextual data. One of these programs is SITES Water. SITES Water builds a unique long-term measurement program where hydrological, physical, chemical, and biological parameters within lakes and streams at seven of the contributing research stations are monitored.

Leif Klemedtsson, professor emeritus at the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, is the coordinator of SITES Water; in this video, he explains how WATER is a key player in landscape and ecosystem connectivity and he highlights what the SITES infrastructure and his program have to offer to the wider research community.