Advance_eLTER marks a crucial step in building the distributed European Research Infrastructure of Long-Term Ecosystem Research sites and socio-ecological research platforms (eLTER RI). The research infrastructure aims to provide highest quality data and services, complementing and extending that provided by existing European and global environmental RIs.
The project will conduct important conceptual work and preparatory steps towards enabling European-scale investigation of the “Critical Zone”, major ecosystems and socio-ecological systems, targeted at supporting knowledge-based decision making concerning ecosystem services and biodiversity.
Following the eLTER ESFRI proposal submitted by Germany in March 2015, eLTER was designated an ‘Emerging’ ESFRI RI. The reviewers noted the 'high' to 'very high' scientific value and necessity of eLTER. The objectives of Advance_eLTER are firmly anchored to the strategic long-term goals of the eLTER RI, but focus on the challenges identified by the ESFRI review.
Advance_eLTER will cooperate closely with other LTER-related processes and projects, leading to a second eLTER ESFRI proposal in 2017.