ECN at LTER-Europe annual conference
Dr Parr was ECN's Coordinator until 2008, and is still closely involved in the network. He was invited to LTER-Europe's annual conference to talk about ECN, focussing on examples of how long-term ecosystem research (LTER) can inform policy. Dr Parr will talk about ECN contributions to national ecosystem assessments, based on findings on biological trends, drivers of environmental change and regional patterns.
This year's LTER-Europe conference is being held jointly with the final conference of the EnvEurope project. The meeting is an opportunity for infrastructure managers and scientific users interested in LTER-Europe to meet and hear about the science that LTER-Europe helps deliver and to exchange ideas, strengthen interactions, identify development priorities and explore possible collaborative projects.
In building a site network for biodiversity and ecosystem research since 2004, LTER-Europe has identified a set of requirements in the field of cross-site workflows, network design, tools for information management, harmonization and standardization. The LIFE+ project EnvEurope has successfully tackled these requirements over the past 4 years (2010-2013). The products of EnvEurope and the approaching Horizon 2020 are the entry point for the next phase in designing the European research infrastructure landscape in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem research.
A key challenge for LTER-Europe, with its highly instrumented observational sites and socio-ecological research platforms, is how best to cooperate and integrate with both large scale monitoring schemes (including remote sensing) and experimental approaches. The interaction with key stakeholders at the joint conference in Rome will form a milestone on this way.
The meeting programme is available from the EnvEurope website.