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Long-Term Ecosystem, critical zone and
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21 December 2021
On 23rd November 2021 Kevin Bishop (Sweden), the new Chairperson of the eLTER Interim Council (Ministerial delegations) met several members of the eLTER team (Jaana Bäck, Terhi Rasilo, Marjut Kaukolehto & Michael Mirtl) in Helsinki, Finland.A full day was dedicated to clarifying several strategic eLTER matters, discussing the status of eLTER across 26 countries and working on the agenda of the third eLTER Interim Council (IC), to be held on 28 and 29 January 2022.A deeper understanding of th...
8 December 2021
eLTER announces its call for funded Transnational Access (TA) and Remote Access (RA) for scientists working in the areas of biodiversity, biogeochemistry, hydrology or socio-ecological research.All 38 sites in 19 countries are equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation to enable comprehensive ecological measurement and experimental campaigns. The long-term data on those sites is available to compare with or to be used as a reference. Likewise, state-of-the-art socio-economic research is cond...
18 November 2021
WasserCluster Lunz, an Austrian LTER Master Site, is looking to hire two PhD students from 1.1. 2022.The candidates will be focusing on effects of resource and organismal diversity on decomposition of particulate organic matter with a focus on benthic invertebrate fauna or microorganisms.For more information on job responsibilities and hiring requirements, please visit: https://wcl.ac.at/index.php/en/research/research-opportunities Application deadline: 6.12.2021 
10 November 2021
Between 20 and 22 October the eLTER PPP and PLIS consortia and important guests gathered online during the Mars meeting, the fourth big virtual event since the beginning of the pandemic. In addition to the project consortia, the members of the eLTER Associate Partnership Programme were also invited. The meeting consisted of an opening and wrap-up plenary and self-organised sessions convened by Work package, Theme- or Gearwheel-leads. In addition to an overview of the status and achievements...
2 November 2021
"Frontiers in Soil Science" announced a call for articles for its special issue on "Greenhouse gas measurements in underrepresented areas of the world".  The submission deadline is 24 March 2022. This Research Topic aims at facilitating the communication of results from studies that have measured or estimated greenhouse gas fluxes and budgets in underrepresented areas or the world. Submission of original research articles focused on the following themes, both from natural and anthropog...
2 November 2021
The Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich and the Paul Scherrer Institute invite applications for a joint professorship in Aerosol Chemistry. The new professor will act as Head of the Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry at PSI. The successful candidate, an internationally renowned expert in the field of aerosol chemistry, will head the Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry and will further advance the laboratory’s expertise in the investigation of atmospheric aerosol chemi...
2 November 2021
Plant biomass production is co-dependent on climatic and edaphic factors, which in turn are under increasingly anthropogenic pressure. Disentangling effects of climate and soil on plant biomass production is challenging, especially along large climatic gradients. To address this, a multispecies phytometer was developed (i.e., standardized plant community in local site soils and a standardized substrate) and installed in 18 sites across a pan-European aridity gradient. The study revealed tha...
1 November 2021
On 8 September 2021, NWO (Dutch Research Council) presented the new National Roadmap for Large-Scale Research Infrastructure 2021 to the minister of education, culture and science Ingrid van Engelshoven. The eLTER Dutch team is happy and pleased to announce that eLTER-NL is on this roadmap. This does not guarantee funding, but it greatly improves the chances of obtaining financial support. To do this important task, eLTER-NL will write a joint application together with LifeWatch (LifeWatch...
31 October 2021
This year, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) adopted eLTER in its operational plan for Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) for the years 2021-2023. The operational plan sets concrete targets for implementation within the framework of the RTI strategy towards the year 2030. Research Infrastructures are one pillar of the strategy. With the adoption, eLTER is now ready for implementation towards an Austrian National Research Infrastructure comp...
29 October 2021
Scientific research on SocioEcoSystem (SESs) has grown exponentially since the seventies, but because of the heterogeneity in the actors, the disciplines and the collected data, some efforts are still necessary to build a common language anda thesaurus for indexing data. Natural Language Processing (NLP) methods were used to analyse a French corpus derived from the 5th colloquium of the French long term socio-ecological research network RZA (Réseau des Zones Atelier) which marked the network'...
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 atmo...
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...
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 product...
21 April 2021
The first eLTER call for Transnational and Remote Access (TA-RA) proposals to be organised under the present eLTER PLUS project gathered 20 applications. The projects are currently being run through a plausibility check and scientific evaluation. For the details and the sequence of the TA-RA related processes, see the reference document on the TA-RA Scheme. Reviews are conducted by peers from the eLTER community. The outcome of the evaluation process will be announced soon. Successful...
8 April 2021
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting 2020 was held between 1-17 December as an entirely virtual event. As 1 of 6 partners in the Global Ecosystem Research Initiative (GERI) eLTER presented GERI achievements and plans in a session on “Global Environmental Measurement and Monitoring Technologies: Current Capabilities and Future Needs”. One of the highlights reported by Michael Mirtl was the completion of the GERI Memorandum of Cooperation signing process by December 2020.In...
6 April 2021
The eLTER France community shares the news of receiving 9.6 million euros in the span of the next 8 years for research under the infrastructure project TERRA FORMA. The project’s objective is to design and test smart observatories of socio-ecological systems in the Anthropocene (geological age starting roughly in the mid. 20th century onward, debates are still ongoing on the exact time it encompasses). Led by CNRS, TERRA FORMA aims at developing a new kind of observatory of the critical zone...
1 April 2021
The eLTER whole system approach is utilizing the broad variety of biodiversity, environmental and socio-ecological data monitored at eLTER sites. Recently, a new study has been published in the journal Science of the Total Environment titled “Recovery from air pollution and subsequent acidification masks the effects of climate change on a freshwater macroinvertebrate community”. Using 32 years of detailed freshwater macroinvertebrate and environmental data collected from the eLTER site B...
30 January 2021
13th of January 2021 marked an important day for the Integrated European Long-Term Ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological Research (eLTER) as it held its first ever Sites and Platforms Forum (SPF) in a virtual setting. Around 240 participants from 26 countries representing about 200 sites and platforms took part in the event which had one major objective – to give voice to the group of most important internal stakeholders in the eLTER initiative, the Site and Platform Coordinators (SPC...
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...