Facility types

Explains the in situ components of LTER-Europe such as LTER sites and LTSER platforms
  • LTER Facility: An umbrella term for any location where LTER might take place (site, in-situ components) and whatever might facilitate LTER-activities (e.g. logistics, laboratories, on-site supporting institutions).
  • LTER Site: (“traditional” LTER-Site; Long Term Ecosystem Research Site): LTER-facility of limited size (up to 10 km²) and comprising mainly one habitat type and form of land use. Activities are concentrating on small scale ecosystem processes and structures (biogeochemistry, selected taxonomic groups, primary production, disturbances etc.). Read more ...
  • LTSER Platform (Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research Platform): Modular LTER-facility consisting of sites which are located in an area with defined boundaries. Besides this physical component LTSER-Platforms provide multiple services like the networking of client groups (e.g. research, local stakeholders), data management, communication and representation (management component). The elements of LTSER Platforms represent the main habitats, land use forms and practices relevant for the broader region (up to 10000 km²) and cover all scales and levels relevant for LTSER (from local to landscape). LTSER-Platforms should represent economic and social units or coincide/overlap with such units where adequate information on land use history, economy and demography is available to allow for socio-ecological research. Read more ...


In general LTER facilities are provided and operated by national networks, which are members of LTER-Europe.



Organization and structure of LTER and LTSER components of national networks.


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