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Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe

48th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland

"Ecology - meeting the scientific challenges of a complex world"
When 10 Sep, 2018 12:00 AM to
14 Sep, 2018 12:00 AM
Where Vienna, Austria
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Contact Phone +41-32-4234384
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n 2018, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), hosts the 48th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

In times of changing conditions, ecological research is facing new challenges. On the one hand, complexity of the biosphere is increasingly reduced by human activities; on the other hand, human activities aggravate predictability of future developments. This poses new necessities for assessing ecological conditions and for discovering new ecological interrelations, which is reflected by our motto of this year, "Ecology - meeting the scientific challenges of a complex world".

The conference provides the opportunity to present the state of the art of our scientific field, to interact with other research groups, and to stimulate synergies between the different disciplines. We will compile a comprehensive and interesting program that covers the variety of topics of our scientific community.

Early bird registration closes on 31 May.

LTER session: The need of long-term data for taking nature's pulse

Organisers: Jörg Müller (University Würzburg and National Park Bavarian Forest) and Mark Frenzel, UFZ

Time scales play an important role in understanding processes in ecology. This is self-evident in terms of popular long-term data like the world population growth of humans over centuries or the CO2 measurements started some decades ago which is nowadays one of the fever curves indicating climate change. Quite recently the German Krefeld study indicating distinct insect biomass decline over two decades raised exceptional attention and concern in science and policy as well emphasizing the importance of such data as a trigger for follow-up activities like monitoring programs launched by national authorities in Germany. However, gathering long term biodiversity data is mostly out of scope considering the usual run time of projects, but they are increasingly necessary to detect changes and developments of ecosystems in the long run. This issue is addressed by the international network ILTER (https://www.ilter.network), its European branch LTER-Europe (http://www.lter-europe.net/) and national networks like the German LTER-D (www.lter-d.de) which are dedicated to create, combine and analyze long-term ecosystem research data. In this session we will especially focus on studies based on already established time series (at least five years) and those which recently started but are intended to run for a long time. However, due to generation cycles of organisms, ‘long-term data’ is different in microbial ecology and large mammal ecology. Presenters are expected to demonstrate the relevance of their work considering (long-term) perspectives of communities and ecosystems. We also look forward to some hidden data sets available in private databases and to 'lessons learned' e.g. in terms of ground breaking concepts for future monitoring.

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