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30 December 2021
The first Periodic review meetings of both eLTER PPP and eLTER PLUS took place at the end of October 2021. From the projects’ side, the coordination and Work Package leads were present, and from the Commission’s side the project officer, Pierre Quertenmont. Richard Bradshaw (University Leeds, UK) was an external evaluator.The Review meetings consisted of a general introduction by the coordination, Work Package (WP) specific presentations by WP leads highlighting the most important outcomes of th...
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,...
27 December 2021
Five years after its establishment (2016), the LTER-Greece network has outlined its vision, aims, objectives and its achievements through a series of case studies in an article published in the WATER journal. The network consists of eight observatories, focusing on innovative research topics, aiming to be both cooperative and complementary. The article describes the design of the LTER-Greece network, its research priorities as well as recent interdisciplinary research collaboration results, as a...
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...
10 June 2018
One of the objectives of the eLTER Horizon 2020 project is to evaluate the performance of LTSER platforms. Recently published research reflects part of this evaluation: six LTSER platforms were assessed through site visits, coupled with the reflections and insights of the platform managers.                 A new paper in the journal Environmental Research Letters presents the result of an assessment of six Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research (LTSER) p...
14 April 2018
In light of the eLTER Research Infrastructure (RI) being accepted on the ESFRI roadmap, the organisers of a recent workshop are keen to share their workshop report. Their workshop, which was called ‘Little Data, Big Data, No Data? Data Management in the Era of Research Infrastructures,’ was one of the initial steps in Finland towards being able to contribute data to the eLTER RI. The data workshop was an outcome of the collaboration between the Academy of Finland funded MULTICS project (PI He...
23 October 2017
Dr Michael Mirtl, Chair of eLTER and ILTER, is attending the event, along with representatives from related European environmental research infrastructures (RIs). On Monday 23rd, he spoke about European and global long-term ecosystem research (LTER) site networks during a side event coordinated by the ENVRIplus EU project. During his talk, Dr Mirtl explained the potential for in situ LTER sites and networks to contribute to earth observation and remote sensing, including to initiatives such a...
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...