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Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe

Aims and infrastructure - FinLTSER

The core infrastructure of the FinLTSER infrastructure is formed of: 

  • Research stations of the universities of: Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Oulu and Turku
  • Research sites, instrumentation and long-term monitoring programmes of main governmental research institutes (Finnish Environment Institute, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finnish Forest Research Institute, Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute, MTT Agrifood Research Finland)
  • Information management structures and databases of the participating universities and research institutes.   

FinLTSER is a formal member network of the European and global LTER-networks. The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) acts as coordination body of FinLTSER.

Aims of FinLTSER:

  • To provide a national infrastructure for long-term site-based ecosystem and biodiversity research in Finland, including climate change impacts   
  • To provide the Finnish contribution to the recently established European LTER-network. FinLTSER is part also of the global LTER-network (ILTER)   
  • To provide the Finnish contribution to observatories component (terrestrial and marine observatories) of the proposed LifeWatch initiative.
  • To collaborate with the international ESFRI-initiative ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observing system)  
  • To become an attractive alternative for cooperation and visits by talented researchers from abroad   
  • To facilitate stakeholder learning and education in all levels in the area of conservation and sustainable use of ecosystem services  

FinLTSER was formally accepted as a member network in ILTER and LTER-Europe at the ILTER meeting in Beijing 20-23 August 2007.