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Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe

39th annual conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GfOE)

When 14 Sep, 2009 09:00 AM to
18 Sep, 2009 04:00 PM
Where Bayreuth, Germany
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A symposium on LTER issues is will take place as part of the 39th annual conference of GfOE (http://www.bayceer.uni-bayreuth.de/gfoe2009/?lang=en). A call for papers was sent to LTER contacts in April.

LTER (Long Term Ecological Research) – tackling ecosystems and its components in a long-term perspective
The outcomes of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2004), Global Environmental Outlook (2007) and reports of EEA (2007, 2005) on the state of European environment clearly showed that to meet the challenge of global changes, environmental sciences need to overcome the traditional approach of disciplinary, small scale and short term research, usually not considering management needs and public expectations, and lacking translation into policy.  Long term ecological research (LTER) includes monitoring and research as well. Moreover, historical LTER data are always required for modelling and forecasting changes of ecosystems under global change scenarios. Typically, this approach covers the site up to the landscape scale level. However, these scales may be quite different depending on the subject of research.

LTER can be focused on

  • the dynamics of major aspects of biological and ecological diversity – composition, structure and functioning – under the influence of both natural and human drivers and pressures, 
  • the sustainability of ecosystem goods and services, 
  • human perceptions, attitudes and participation related to conservation issues and ecosystem management, 
  • spatio-temporal relationships between socio-economic systems and the components of biodiversity; 
  • the development of appropriate methods and tools for analysing driver, pressure, state, impact and response interrelations (DPSIR operational model) and adaptive management.

As the process of building and organising the LTER network is still ongoing, even recently-started long-term research projects are in the scope of this session.

For further details, please see the conference website, where it is possible to register for the conference.

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