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Long-Term Ecological Research Network

  • Robert B. Waide
  • McOwiti O. Thomas
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Abstract

The Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network is the largest and longest-lived ecological network in the United States. Designed to provide long-term data from a broad range of key ecosystems, the LTER Network represents a unique national resource to address pressing environmental issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, and changes in patterns of land use. LTER is recognized internationally as one of the best organized and most successful large groups conducting research in ecology.

Keywords

Niwot Ridge Konza Prairie Scientific Capital Normalize Difference Vegetation Index North Temperate Lake 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Glossary

Biodiversity

Variation of life at all levels of biological organization.

Disturbance

A relatively discrete event in time and space that alters populations, communities, and ecosystems, including their attendant processes.

Ecology

The study of the relationship of organisms or groups of organisms to their environment.

Ecosystem dynamics

The observed changes in the characteristics of an ecosystem over time.

Ecosystem

The organisms living in a particular area in combination with the physical elements of the environment in which they live.

Episodic

Limited in duration or temporary.

Invisible present

Relating to an observation whose importance cannot be evaluated for lack of context.

Scale

Refers to differences in the spatial or temporal extent of a set of observations or measurements.

Synthesis

The creation of new knowledge by combining observations from diverse sources.

Transformative research

Scientific investigations whose results lead to radical changes in understanding of fundamental concepts.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Long Term Ecological Research Network OfficeUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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