LTER-Europe, the European regional sub-network of the global ILTER (International Long-Term Ecological Research Network) has joined DataONE as a Member Node. LTER-Europe helps to coordinate ILTER activities in Europe and represents European-level interests in ILTER. Over 450 sites holding extremely varied data are part of this network of 21 National LTER-Networks. Some sites have more than 100 years of data. These European national networks add approximately 170 data objects to the over 250,000 data objects discoverable via DataONE.
LTER-Europe is one of 20 Member Nodes participating in DataONE, contributing data from vegetation monitoring to agricultural research experimental data. Data gathering techniques range from human surveys to sensor networks.
About DataONE: DataONE enables universal access to data and also facilitates researchers in fulfilling their need for data management and in providing secure and permanent access to their data. These needs are filled by offering the scientific community a suite of tools and training materials that cover all aspects of the data life-cycle; from data collection to management, analysis and publication.
The long-term mission of LTER-Europe is:
to track and understand the effects of global, regional and local drivers on socio-ecological systems and their feedbacks to environment and society
to provide recommendations and support for solving current and future environmental problems.
The main objectives are:
to identify key drivers of ecosystem change across European environmental and economic gradients
to explore relations between these drivers, responses and developmental challenges under the framework of a common research agenda, and referring to harmonised parameters and methods
to develop criteria for LTER Sites and LTSER Platforms to support cutting edge science with a unique in-situ infrastructure
to improve cooperation and synergy between different actors, interest groups, networks, etc.
LTER-Europe works towards its objectives by providing a framework for project development, conceptual work, education, exchange of know how, communication and institutional integration.