eLTER Advanced Community Project (eLTER PLUS)

The project

The Advanced Community Project for the eLTER Research Infrastructure (eLTER PLUS) belongs to INFRAIA-01-2018-2019 programme of HORIZON 2020 and is built on three main pillars -  networking, joint research activities and transnational, remote and virtual access. eLTER PLUS will conduct a performance test of the emerging eLTER RI while challenging, assessing and strengthening its operations. Selected sites and platforms in terrestrial, freshwater and coastal ecosystems will be used to study ecosystem integrity, impacts of climate change and endangered ecosystem services at a pan-European scale. Alongside these exemplary case studies eLTER PLUS will identify and assess innovative observational and analytical methods, elaborate detailed specifications of eLTER RI according to community needs (standard observations, site design), support community building and training,  and pilot priority services (IT and other support). 

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Key facts about the eLTER PLUS 

  • Lead: University of Helsinki, Finland

  • Consortium: 32 participating institutions from 23 European countries

  • Budget: 10 million € 

  • Duration: 60 months (5 years, Feb 2020—Jan 2025)

  • Coordinator: Prof. Jaana Bäck (University of Helsinki, Finland); co-coordinator: Dr. Michael Mirtl (UFZ, Germany)

  • Core objective: eLTER PLUS will connect major scientific user communities with the site networks and its data/services,l work on detailed site and observation specifications and pilot the technical service development

  • The main Research Challenges (RC) addressed by eLTER PLUS are (see also figure):

    • RC 1 Biodiversity loss

    • RC 2 Biogeochemical controls of ecosystem functions

    • RC 3 Climate-water-food nexus

    • RC 4 Socio-ecological systems

The core concept of eLTER PLUS: 

RIGHT: Scientific and other user communities driving exemplary thematic Research Challenges. 

LEFT: the eLTER ESFRI process fed by a wide range of project outcomes. 

TOP: Synthesis and activities linking the actual project outcomes, related communities’ requirements and the eLTER ESFRI process. 

BOTTOM: Strategic site selection based on the existing LTER site pool for site & data access through transnational  (TA), remote (RA) and virtual (VA) access.  

CENTER: To the right: Whole System Approach is realized by cross-theme collaboration atsite scale (WP8) and catchment scale (WP9). To the left: user requirements and research products across themes are translated into data product specifications with service/tools piloting and implementation. 

eLTER PLUS Work Packages

  • Synthesis, innovation and industry liaison 

  • Networking and shareholder engagement 

  • Interoperability of eLTER Standard Observation variables – the user perspective 

  • eLTER Information Clusters populated from multiple sources

  • Training and Knowledge exchange

  • Communication

  • Transnational and Virtual Access 

  • eLTER Whole System Approach at site and catchment level 

  • Optimisation of the eLTER Networking design at pan-European level

  • Define core data and ICT needs and pilot data workflows 

  • ICT service piloting and dissemination of data products 

  • Transnational Access offers by sites 

  • Remote Access offers by sites 

  • Virtual Access via eLTER Information System 

  • Coordination and management 

Overall eLTER timeline towards operation

eLTER PPP Timeline

More information about the project will be added on this website after the project Kick-off meeting. Stay tuned!