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Paper by international team highlights the scientific value of International LTER

A paper published at the end of 2012 by a team of ILTER members demonstrates the importance of the International Long Term Ecological Research network in studying and monitoring environmental changes at a global level.

The paper, authored by Dr Petteri Vihervaara and co-workers, is entitled "Using long-term ecosystem service and biodiversity data to study the impacts of and adaptation options in response to climate change: insights from the global ILTER sites network". It highlights the role of the ILTER network to coordinate ecological research and provide observations of the ecosystem changes, and their socio-economic impacts on human societies at different scales throughout the world.

ECN's Dr Jan Dick (CEH) is among the authors contributing to the paper, as is CEH's Dr Jill Thompson.

Abstract

The International Long Term Ecological Research (ILTER) network can coordinate ecological research to provide observations of the ecosystem changes, and their socio- economic impacts on human societies at different scales. In this paper we demonstrate the importance of the ILTER network in the study and monitoring of environmental changes at a global level. We give examples of how biodiversity and ecosystem service data can be used to study impacts and adaptation options in response to climate change. Analysis of the 107 recent publications from LTER networks representing 21 countries show that LTER studies are often local and heterogeneous. There are some ecosystem types, such as agricultural or coastal ecosystems that are not covered with current ILTER network. Standardized monitoring schemes and techniques should be considered for future steering of ILTER collaboration. Integrating and synthesizing the collected data should be prioritized for future cooperation, and integrated in decision- making.

How to obtain the paper

  • Vihervaara P, et al. (2012). Using long-term ecosystem service and biodiversity data to study the impacts and adaptation options in response to climate change: insights from the global ILTER sites network. Curr Opin Environ Sustain. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2012.11.002 (In press).
  • Published on 27th Dec 2012 and currently available online.
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