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7 December 2022
Through cutting-edge research in the fields of ENERGY, HEALTH and MATTER, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) solves some of the pressing societal and industrial challenges of our time. Join our 1.500 employees from more than 50 nations at one of our six research sites and help us moving research to the next level!The Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) is a German-Polish research center for data-intensive digital systems research. CASUS was founded in 2019 in Görlitz and c...
25 November 2022
In the framework of its Research Initiatives scheme, ILTER provides small research grants for compact projects, or for instance as seed grants for larger undertakings, or for supporting thesis or post-doctoral work by young scientists.ILTER ensures the scientific quality of the supported Research Initiatives through a competitive and professional approach of projects selection.Its call for proposals is open to all interested parties, and it is set up in a bottom-up fashion, that is, applicants a...
24 November 2022
Aarhus University is looking for an academic technician/research engineer with a PhD in aerosol physics/engineering to support the infrastructure around the AURA atmospheric simulation chamber. Candidates should contact Merete Bilde: bilde@chem.au.dk.Aarhus University currently has an open tenure track position in Atmospheric and Climate Chemistry.Several post doc and PhD positions will open soon. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact us in advance: - Aero...
14 November 2022
The Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) is offering a permanent position for project leader at NILU's data centre.The position is permanent and linked to NILUs role as an international data center for atmospheric observations. NILU have strong ambitions to deliver open access to data and tailored services to support our users.You will contribute to further strengthen the Department for Atmospheric and Climate Research (ATMOS) project portfolio related to observation-based research on atm...
7 November 2022
As part of the AtmoTrace project, funded by Science Foundation Ireland, there are currently three PhD positions available at the Center for Research into Atmospheric Chemistry (University College Cork, Ireland, https://www.ucc.ie/en/crac/).The project is trying to develop cavity enhanced absorption instrumentation for several applications reaching from laboratory developments, via atmospheric chamber studies, to airborne field campaigns. More information on the corresponding positions and applic...
20 October 2022
The second OZCAR summer school ("Draw me an observatory") was held from 3 to 8 July 2022 at the Séolane Centre located in Barcelonnette. This summer school pursues one of the objectives of the OZCAR Research Infrastructure (RI) to promote training to and through research on the knowledge of the Critical Zone and to train the new generation of scientists to approach the study of the Critical Zone in a multi- and interdisciplinary way. The school was an undeniable success, bringing together nearly...
17 October 2022
The LandUnderPressure project - Avoid, mitigate and restore pressured zones to combat desertification and increase resilience to climate change in the montado, was approved for funding with an EEA Grant and signed on the 17th of June 2022 in Portugal. This project was part of the call for tender nº 5 of the EEA Grants – “Projects to prepare for extreme weather conditions and risk management in the context of climate change”. It will join other projects taking place in the LTsER Montado plat...
14 October 2022
The ICOS ERIC (Integrated Carbon Observation System RI) organised its fifth Science conference on September 13 to 15, 2022 in Utrecht, Netherlands. Among the highly interesting scientific talks were presentations from three eLTER researchers, in the session ‘Informing transformative change towards a sustainable future using integrated environmental research infrastructures’.Research infrastructures such as ICOS have significantly improved quantification of ecosystem greenhouse gas (GHG) balances...
25 November 2022
In the framework of its Research Initiatives scheme, ILTER provides small research grants for compact projects, or for instance as seed grants for larger undertakings, or for supporting thesis or post-doctoral work by young scientists.ILTER ensures the scientific quality of the supported Research Initiatives through a competitive and professional approach of projects selection.Its call for proposals is open to all interested parties, and it is set up in a bottom-up fashion, that is, applicants a...
20 October 2022
The second OZCAR summer school ("Draw me an observatory") was held from 3 to 8 July 2022 at the Séolane Centre located in Barcelonnette. This summer school pursues one of the objectives of the OZCAR Research Infrastructure (RI) to promote training to and through research on the knowledge of the Critical Zone and to train the new generation of scientists to approach the study of the Critical Zone in a multi- and interdisciplinary way. The school was an undeniable success, bringing together nearly...
17 October 2022
The LandUnderPressure project - Avoid, mitigate and restore pressured zones to combat desertification and increase resilience to climate change in the montado, was approved for funding with an EEA Grant and signed on the 17th of June 2022 in Portugal. This project was part of the call for tender nº 5 of the EEA Grants – “Projects to prepare for extreme weather conditions and risk management in the context of climate change”. It will join other projects taking place in the LTsER Montado plat...
11 October 2022
The trend towards increased climate extremes in the Central Apennines (Central Italy), already documented in Petriccione & Bricca (2019) (doi:10.3897/natureconservation.3430218) is clearly confirmed by the latest field data collected in September 2022 at the LTER Italy Gran Sasso d’Italia site between 2100 and 2400 m a.s.l. by ecologists from the Biodiversity Department of the Carabinieri.As can be seen from the graphs shown above, recorded summer temperatures in 2022 were 3-4 °C higher than...
10 October 2022
The station located in Kibbutz Sdot Yam, Israel, was established to provide baseline data and understanding of the shallow Mediterranean ecosystem. MKMRS is a satellite station of the Leon H Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa.Its Activity Report covers monitoring seasons 1-10 of the first 6 years of operation. The Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) station was established in 2015 as a response to the lack of open-access, high-resolution data on several aspects of the Israel...
5 October 2022
The International Mountain Conference took place in Innsbruck (September 11-15, 2022), continuing the series of scientific conferences exclusively targeting mountain-research.Hosted in the European Alps, the IMC provided a fantastic opportunity for experts from different disciplines to discuss mountain-related issues in a cross-disciplinary setting. The conference aimed at enhancing and synthesizing our understanding of mountain systems, particularly their response and resilience to global chang...
30 September 2022
LIFE MODERn(NEC) (LIFE20GIE / IT / 000091) was launched in October 2021 to meet the requirements of Art.9 of the EU Directive "NEC" (National Emission Ceiling, 2016/2284), that commits Member States to monitor the impacts of air pollutants on terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. The European countries pursue the objectives of the Directive through a network of monitoring sites representative of the main European ecosystems.The current NEC Italy Network consists of six forest and four freshwate...
22 September 2022
Each year, the different LTER-Pt partners prepare dissemination events for the general public to promote knowledge and generate discussions about the role of ecologists within LTER sites, as part of an Ecology Day celebration.Ecology Day emerged as a celebration of the 150th anniversary of ecology in 2016, marked with a roundtable at the European Parliament in Brussels. The 14th September was the chosen date since it coincides with the day Ernst Haeckel defined ecology as a science. Since 2017,...
19 August 2022
The Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment and the Research school Focus on Soil and Water at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences invites PhD students to attend the course "Multivariate methods for ecologists".The course is given entirely on-line. Please visit the course web page for more information and instructions how to apply: https://www.slu.se/mvaThere are a limited number of places at the course. Attendants will be accepted in the order the organisers receive the applic...
14 October 2022
The ICOS ERIC (Integrated Carbon Observation System RI) organised its fifth Science conference on September 13 to 15, 2022 in Utrecht, Netherlands. Among the highly interesting scientific talks were presentations from three eLTER researchers, in the session ‘Informing transformative change towards a sustainable future using integrated environmental research infrastructures’.Research infrastructures such as ICOS have significantly improved quantification of ecosystem greenhouse gas (GHG) balances...
12 October 2022
The Early Career & Friends (EC&F) group was established after the Integrated Progress Meeting on Mallorca in May 2022. The group includes scientists, technicians, administrators and other professionals who are actively engaged in eLTER work and who identify themselves as early career (EC), new to eLTER, or otherwise interested in the goals of the group (& Friends).With the support of the eLTER Head Office, this group aims to support EC work by promoting professional collaborations, p...
10 October 2022
The Covid-19 pandemic provides an extraordinary opportunity to investigate socio-ecological system resilience by comparing systems undergoing the same shocks at the same time. This research explores resilience, or a society’s capacity to endure external shocks/stress like pandemics or climate change, through the lens of social ecology, a discipline that studies the interconnections between society and its natural environment, viewing them as a single, holistic system.To discover what characteris...
7 October 2022
More than 100 LTER-Europe sites belong to the air pollution effects monitoring of the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP). The long-term International Cooperation Centers (ICP) of ICP Forests, ICP Waters, and ICP Integrated Monitoring, and several data and analysis groups, have for many decades been identifying ecosystem damage (and subsequent recovery) from air pollution. eLTER and the ICPs work in the same realm of environmental issues, address common societal g...
5 October 2022
DEIMS-SDR is one of the most comprehensive publicly available catalogues of long-term ecosystem research and monitoring sites in the world. It was created to reduce fragmentation and to increase the findability, interoperability, and accessibility of in-situ sites and data.Today, DEIMS-SDR contains detailed site information of about 760 eLTER sites in Europe as well as sites outside of Europe. It offers information on long-term research sites and access to data sets.In order to promote DEIMS-SDR...
3 October 2022
The University of Helsinki, Institute for Atmosphere and Earth System Research/Department of Forest Sciences, is looking for a Postdoctoral researcher to a Horizon Europe project BioDT (Biodiversity Digital Twin), and the eLTER ESFRI process, where the PI at Helsinki University is professor Jaana Bäck.BioDT aims at pushing the current boundaries of predictive understanding of biodiversity dynamics by developing a Biodiversity Digital Twin (BioDT), providing advanced modelling, simulation and pre...
3 October 2022
The long wait for a physical Interim Council (IC) meeting came finally to end when the delegations met face to face in Uppsala, Sweden, on September 28-29 2022.The IC04 meeting was hosted by SLU and chaired by Prof. Kevin Bishop. Delegates from seven countries attended the meeting physically, with a further 11 delegations joining via Zoom.Apart from the joy of really meeting many people for the first time, there were also important items on the agenda. The IC discussed the recently established e...
7 September 2022
On 24th and 25th August an eLTER delegation, led by Michael Mirtl (eLTER PPP coordinator) and Jaana Back (eLTER PLUS coordinator), visited the head offices of their “sister” research infrastructures of ICOS and ACTRIS for an important exchange of experience and support.ICOS was represented by Werner Kutsch (Director General), Katri Ahlgren (Head of Communications), Elena Saltikoff (Head of Operations) and other key members. The ACTRIS group was headed by Eija Juurola and Paolo Laj, both Interim...
20 July 2022
BorealScat-2 is the new radar tower experiment located at Svartberget Experimental Forest for studying temporal variations in forest radar measurements. The tower, previously used in the BorealScat experiment, has been relocated and upgraded.The aim is to investigate forest moisture variations in P-/L-/C-/X-band tower-based radar observations and to develop methods for estimating forest evapotranspiration from space-borne radar observations. The antenna array at 50 m provides full 3D tomographic...
20 July 2022
In the Austrian Eisenwurzen, cultivation of local fruit tree varieties in traditional meadow orchards was an historically important type of land use. While today, this practice is still part of the region’s cultural identity and an important tourism asset, meadow orchards and their many ecological benefits disappeared from most European cultural landscapes during industrialization. In the course of combating climate change and biodiversity loss, however, there has been a renewed focus on agrofor...
7 December 2022
Through cutting-edge research in the fields of ENERGY, HEALTH and MATTER, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) solves some of the pressing societal and industrial challenges of our time. Join our 1.500 employees from more than 50 nations at one of our six research sites and help us moving research to the next level!The Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) is a German-Polish research center for data-intensive digital systems research. CASUS was founded in 2019 in Görlitz and c...
24 November 2022
Aarhus University is looking for an academic technician/research engineer with a PhD in aerosol physics/engineering to support the infrastructure around the AURA atmospheric simulation chamber. Candidates should contact Merete Bilde: bilde@chem.au.dk.Aarhus University currently has an open tenure track position in Atmospheric and Climate Chemistry.Several post doc and PhD positions will open soon. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact us in advance: - Aero...
14 November 2022
The Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) is offering a permanent position for project leader at NILU's data centre.The position is permanent and linked to NILUs role as an international data center for atmospheric observations. NILU have strong ambitions to deliver open access to data and tailored services to support our users.You will contribute to further strengthen the Department for Atmospheric and Climate Research (ATMOS) project portfolio related to observation-based research on atm...
7 November 2022
As part of the AtmoTrace project, funded by Science Foundation Ireland, there are currently three PhD positions available at the Center for Research into Atmospheric Chemistry (University College Cork, Ireland, https://www.ucc.ie/en/crac/).The project is trying to develop cavity enhanced absorption instrumentation for several applications reaching from laboratory developments, via atmospheric chamber studies, to airborne field campaigns. More information on the corresponding positions and applic...
13 October 2022
ACTRIS RI announced its TransNational Access call. ATMO-ACCESS provides opportunities for accessing 52 of the most advanced operational European atmospheric research facilities in Europe.The Third Call for TransNational Access is currently ongoing. A full list can be found here.If you are interested to benefit from the instruments, data, or other advantages of the most advanced operational atmospheric research facilities in Europe, please submit your application before January 5, 2023.More infor...
22 September 2022
Air pollution is a major and global concern, arising for the most part from human activities. Air pollutants can be emitted by a variety of sources or formed directly in the atmosphere. They alter the air we breathe and have clear negative effects on our health. But they also affect the Earth's climate and have a tremendous, often underestimated, impact on our economies. This 3-week course shares the basics of air pollution and its effects. During the first week, you will discover the major...
7 September 2022
Delft University of Technology has opened several positions for assistant professors in weather, climate and air quality sciences. Anthropogenic climate change is one of the major challenges mankind is facing. In  the department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing, within the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at TU Delft, the institution wants to understand the interaction between human activities, the Earth system, and our living environment. This is done through the combinati...
15 August 2022
The University of Trento opens the call for positions for the 38th Cycle (Academic Year 2022/2023) of the Doctoral Programme in Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering.The PhD project is called "SHALL – near Surface processes in High ALtitude Lakes" and will focus on gas exchanges, small-scale stratification and turbulent mixing in the surface layers of high altitude Alpine lakes.In preference, the candidate should:- hold a MSc in Physics, Environmental Engineering, Geophysics, or Oceano...
19 July 2022
The 30th session of ERCA is planned to take place in Grenoble and at the Observatoire de Haute Provence for 3 weeks from January 15th to February 2nd, 2023. ERCA is intended as a multidisciplinary course rooted in atmospheric and climate sciences, yet extending to the social aspects of global change and air quality, to hydrology and oceanography, and to environmental chemistry.The organisers "strongly believe that global change issues need international and pluridisciplinary teams to be adressed...