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2 July 2021
On 7 April 2021, the Government of Slovakia approved the first Roadmap for Research Infrastructures (SK VI Roadmap 2020 - 2030). This is a key document for research infrastructures (RI), which not only monitors the past development and current state of research infrastructure in Slovakia, but also its connection to the economy, domains of smart specialization, international cooperation in the context of the ESFRI and Horizon Europe.                 On 7...
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...
20 May 2021
We were saddened to learn recently of the death in January this year of Prof. Bill Heal. Bill was instrumental in setting up the UK's Environmental Change Network, securing substantial funding from the Natural Environment Research Council for both ECN and the TIGER programme. Bill did his PhD on protozoa at Moor House NNR (an ECN site) and went on to coordinate the International Biological Programme (IBP) research there in the 1960s and '70s. He was an advocate of multidisciplinary research,...
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...
13 May 2017
Earlier this year, 23 projects were approved for funding via eLTER H2020’s first call for Transnational Access project proposals. Many of these research trips have now taken place, and several of the researchers and site managers involved have written blog posts about their experiences. We’ve teamed up with the US-based SSALTER blogs (Short Stories About Long-Term Research), which provides a great platform for hosting the articles. So far we’ve received stories from: Whim, a Scottish bog,...
11 November 2016
The International Long-Term Ecological Research network (ILTER) represents the global umbrella for the formal LTER-Europe Regional Group. ILTER has been formally accepted as a Participating Organisation of GEO, the global Group on Earth Observations, following an application by ILTER’s chair, Michael Mirtl. Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director of GEO was so impressed by ILTER’s global network of sites and their documentation in DEIMS that she encouraged ILTER to apply for GEO participant status. F...
18 September 2016
The eLTER H2020 project’s Core Team (comprising the coordinator and Work Package leaders and their deputies), met in Rome recently to review progress with the project. eLTER H2020 has been running for 18 months. Excellent progress has been made in many areas of the project, which is generally running to the planned schedule. A range of deliverables has already been produced and more are at an advanced stage of completion. The team also took the opportunity to review tasks and...
7 September 2016
Changes in air pollution and weather patterns have had marked effects on the UK’s terrestrial environment over the past 20 years. This is the main conclusion drawn from assessments of data from several of the UK’s longest running environmental research sites that comprise the UK Environmental Change Network (or ECN), presented in a new Special Issue of the journal Ecological Indicators. While UK air temperatures have risen significantly since the onset of industrialisation (in line with the e...
13 August 2016
In her blog post, Jen Holzer describes her eLTER H2020 TA research to explore local perspectives in the Braila Islands, Romania. She's also been enjoying the region's wildlife!                 Jen Holzer, a PhD student at the Technion Socio-Ecological Research Group in Haifa, Israel visited the Braila Islands LTSER platform in Romania recently. Her research trip was supported by the eLTER H2020 project's Transnational Access (TA) scheme. Jen has written...
9 June 2016
Rothamsted Research, a partner in the UK's LTER network, has published a short report that highlights key changes in climate, pollution and biodiversity during the first 20 years of monitoring at its North Wyke ECN site.             Scientists carrying out long-term monitoring at the UK Environmental Change Network's North Wyke site, operated by Rothamsted Research, have presented trends in the site's biodiversity and environment in a new publication. The pe...
8 June 2016
A special issue concerning long-term ecosystem research has recently been published                 The special issue of Ecological Indicators is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the German network, LTER-D. In their introductory paper, the editors, Peter Haase, Mark Frenzel, Stefan Klotz, Martin Musche and Stefan Stoll, describe two main reasons which long-term ecosystem research (LTER) is essential in order to understand environmental change. Fi...
25 February 2016
The first issue of the eLTER H2020 project e-newsletter, issued 25 February 2016, is available to view online.   This first issue of the newsletter features the following content: A welcome message from Michael Mirtl & Herbert Haubold at Environment Agency Austria, who are coordinating the project News of the eLTER H2020 Transnational Access Scheme Information about eLTER H2020 plans to provide access to data via the creation of a new Data Integration Platform An announce...
13 January 2013
A book edited by several members of LTER-Europe and ALTER-Net was published recently                 Almost a decade of research and collaborative effort within ALTER-Net & LTER-Europe recently culminated in a 600-page Springer volume. Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research: Studies in Society-Nature Interactions Across Spatial and Temporal Scales (2013), with contributions from 70 scholars from varying disciplines. The authors in this volume make a ca...
10 January 2012
Results from a pan-European study of high altitude vegetation responses to climate change                 Climate change is having a more profound effect on alpine vegetation than at first anticipated, according to a study carried out by an international group of researchers and published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change. The research is the first ever pan-European study of changing mountain vegetation. It was led by scientists from the...