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4 August 2023
Rock glaciers are complex structures of boulders and debris held together by a frozen permafrost core. Due to their characteristic appearance, they are probably the most impressive permafrost phenomena in the high mountains. Rock glaciers, like ice glaciers, are strongly influenced by the climatic changes of the last decades. This may lead to alarming developments, as shown by an international team of researchers, monitoring the rock glacier in Äußeres Hochebenkar near Obergurgl. The time s...
3 August 2023
Simó Lab, Institut de Ciències del Mar, Barcelona, is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on the analysis of marine volatiles in the ocean (VOCs). The position is funded with a project-associated contract for a 24-month period. Together with the applicant, they will pursue to extend this through EU or national calls. The facilities and projects of the research group offer opportunities from field ...
2 August 2023
Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society. Its Laboratory for Air Pollution and Environmental Technology develops atmospheric measurement techniques and modelling tools as a contribution to a healthy and safe environment.Currently, Empa offers two open positions for:Analytical chemist, environmental scientist (read more here)Post-d...
2 August 2023
Since 2019 eLTER Switzerland has been listed in the Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures. The new edition of the Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2023 has confirmed that eLTER Switzerland is a key research infrastructure, which is under consideration for ERIC membership.The 2023 Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures provides an overview of planned construction and existing research infrastructures. It also includes information on Swiss participation in international research...
1 August 2023
The Environment Agency Austria (ЕАА) organised this year's joint Task Force Meeting for ICP Integrated Monitoring and ICP Waters of the Geneva Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP). The event took place at the WasserCluster Lunz in Austria and gathered a total of 60 experts from 17 countries. During the event, EAA also presented the results of 30 years of ecosystem monitoring at the Zöbelboden site, which is part of LTER Austria and a candidate for the...
1 August 2023
The Centre for Energy and Environment at Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), France is looking for an engineer in atmospheric science measurement techniques. The position is vacant within the research unit working on Atmospheric Science, and more precisely within the ACTRIS-EU topical centre for reactive trace gases in-situ measurements (CiGas). The core responsibilities of the engineer are to contribute to the operation of CiGas and the associated projects by:Organising the technical activities...
31 July 2023
The advanced course "Use of Technology in Field Biology '' took place between 6-9 June 2023 at Herdade da Ribeira Abaixo (HRA), one of the sites included in the Portuguese LTsER Montado platform. This course focused on the use of technological tools, which are increasingly employed in the collection of animal ecology field data, mainly due to the development of equipment that allows for automatic recording and storage of environmental information. The students received training on the use o...
31 July 2023
Berchtesgaden National Park (BNP) has been established in 1978 and protects 208 km² of rugged mountain landscapes in the Bavarian Alps. Research and monitoring in the park are conducted in close collaboration with the Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management Group of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The ecology of mountain ecosystems is a particular focus of its interdisciplinary research. BNP is searching for a fully funded, part-time 3-year PhD student (m/f/d) starting...
28 July 2023
To support biodiversity research, Biodiversa+ will launch a new transnational joint research call "Nature-based solutions for biodiversity, human well-being and transformative change - BiodivNBS" in September 2023. The call will provide a better understanding of the tipping points, trade-offs and underlying mechanisms that influence nature-based solutions and their successful implementation in terms of benefits for nature, human well-being and societal transformation.It will address three resear...
27 July 2023
This work is part of eLTER PLUS T9.3 and uses multiple eLTER sites to evaluate already available data from remote sensing and re-analyses. Specifically, eddy covariance data on evapotranspiration and gross primary production is used to validate the spatial data products. Relating the gross primary production to the evapotranspiration, the water-use efficiency of an ecosystem then indicates the water-use strategy of the vegetation and the variability of its functionality. We calcul...
31 December 2021
In 2019, as a response to alarming insect decline in Germany (e.g. Hallmann et al. 2017), the German network for Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER-D) launched the first nationwide Malaise trap project.The aim of the project, run in cooperation with Nationale Naturlandschaften (German umbrella organization of large protected areas), is to collect data on insect species diversity and population development in typical habitats in Germany, and to help to identify the processes underlying insect de...
29 December 2021
Two new scientific papers acknowledge the eLTER PLUS project. In the first, thousands of soil temperature sensors from around the globe allowed Jonas Lembrechts from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, to map the global soil temperature at a 1-km² resolution. These maps are freely available online with the methods described in Global Change Biology.The second paper focuses on the drivers of biodiversity loss. By analysing long-term trends of 1827 plant species 141 sites across mountain summits,...
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 
24 October 2021
From 28-31March 2022, the first international conference on microclimate ecology and biogeography, supported by the SoilTemp network, will be held in Antwerp, Belgium. The Microclimate Ecology & Biogeography conference aims to be the first large international conference to put microclimate and its applications in ecology and biogeography on the centre stage. We welcome microclimate enthusiasts with a broad variation of interests, including different spatiotemporal scales , ecosystems an...
8 October 2021
The International Long Term Ecological Research Network (ILTER) announces the start of a webinar series to share and learn research findings using the ILTER sites worldwide. For the first webinar they have invited as speakers two outstanding young and early-career researchers working on various topics of long-term and site-based ecological or socio-ecological studies: Dr. Riley Andrade Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida ILTER member network: NSF...
28 September 2021
Considered as a major milestone in the development of the French national research infrastructure on Critical Zone "OZCAR", The 1st OZCAR summer school supported by CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) and IRD (French National Institute for Research Development) took place from 11 to 16 July, 2021 at the Séolane centre, located in Barcelonnette, in the Southern Alps. The school gathered nearly 60 people, 20 speakers and 40 participants with diversity in terms of disciplines,...
2 August 2021
150 people, 40 presentations, 6 countries, 4 sessions, 3 keynotes and 3 workshops: this is how the first Finnish Eco­sys­tem Science Meeting (FESM), that took place at the beginning of May,could be described in numbers.This was the first combined meeting of these environmental research infrastructures in Finland and it was a great success. This kind of shared activity among the RIs shows how fruitful the interactions can be and demonstrates the value of integrated collaboration.The meeting inclu...
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,...
12 November 2017
The Roles of Remote Sensing in Nature Conservation. A Practical Guide and Case Studies by Díaz-Delgado, Lucas and Hurford is published by Springer                 During recent decades, a rapid increase in available data sources has enabled researchers to develop hundreds of new remote sensing applications using data provided by new sensors attached to satellites, aircrafts and drones. However, a major challenge remains unresolved: how to transfer the k...
7 September 2017
This paper considers the benefits linking two approaches - Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBV) and Ecosystem Integrity (EI) -  in the context of two global networks - ILTER and GEO BON.                 The lead author, Peter Haase, along with many of the paper's co-authors, is involved in European LTER and it's development. Abstract Global change effects on biodiversity and human well-being call for improved long-term environmental data as...
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...
18 July 2022
BioDT (Biodiversity Digital Twin for Advanced Modelling, Simulation andPrediction Capabilities) is a recently started HE project in which eLTER is closely involved.BioDT aims to enhance the predictive understanding of biodiversity dynamics by developing a Biodiversity Digital Twin (BioDT) providing advanced modelling, simulation and prediction capabilities. By exploiting existing technologies and data from relevant research infrastructures in new ways, BioDT will be able to accurately and quanti...
17 July 2022
eLTER would like to welcome three new people to its Head Office: Claudia Schuetze, Charlotte Wiederkehr and Uta Koedel.Claudia Schuetze has her background in physics and geophysics and held a professorship in electrical engineering. She has worked for the UFZ since 2009 and coordinated several geophysical research projects. Since 2017 she has led the implementation and coordination of the MOSES RI (Modular Observation Solutions for Earth Systems) of the German Helmholtz Community. This rese...
14 July 2022
Around 400 scientists visited the ENVRI booth during the EGU 2022 event in Vienna, lasting from 23 to 27 May. This marks a significant increase from the last physical EGU event where the booth was also visited by 400 people. However, this year the on site participants were over 2 times fewer than in 2019.eLTER was presented by its head of communication Kaloyan Konstantinov who was offering information about the RI, our brand new brochure, and a number of ENVRI goodies like a coloring book, Rubik...
27 May 2022
90 researchers from 26 countries, part of the eLTER PPP and eLTER PLUS projects, gathered in Mallorca from 16 to 20 May 2022 for the first ever consortia physical meeting.“This meeting was much needed and delayed with at least a year”, said Prof. Jaana Back, project co-coordinator, “Unfortunately, due to the pandemic measures, it was impossible to happen earlier”, added Dr. Michael Mirtl, eLTER co-coordinator.Indeed, the 5-day meeting was packed with sessions and discussions on a variety of impo...
27 April 2022
Over 600 researchers from all around the world gathered for the three eLTER Sites and platforms forum workshops on time series analysis. Based on the questionnaire results on training needs from sites, the first two workshops, led by Ulrike Obertegger (FEM-CRI, Italy), focused on time series analysis. They were open to everyone from students to researchers, independent of involvement in eLTER projects.These workshops gave an introduction to the challenges of time series data and demonstrated dif...
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...
19 July 2022
As part of the AtmoTrace project, funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Center for Research into Atmospheric Chemistry (University College Cork, Ireland) has currently three PhD positions available focusing on  the development of 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 application details can be found here:ht...