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On the Way to an Integrative Long-Term Ecosystem Research – Milestones, Challenges, and some Conclusions

  • Felix Müller
  • Cornelia Baessler
  • Mark Frenzel
  • Stefan Klotz
  • Hendrik Schubert
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Abstract

Long-Term Ecosystem Research has been successfully carried out for some decades now, but networking, tuning, and harmonization at least in Europe have just started. Several developmental targets have been obtained and very interesting results have been achieved. Regrettably, these milestones have been reached in a few regional cases only, and, i.e., due to the relatively short-term existence of long-term environmental investigations on the global scale, many urgent questions – with existential problems of mankind among them – could not be answered up to now. In spite of the comprehensive demands for future research including the global scale, some of the key queries may be discussed constructively. Therefore, as an attempt to summarize the complex information of the previous papers, we might refer to the questions which have been asked in the introduction of the book.

Keywords

Landscape Genetic Approach LTER Network Airborne Heavy Metal Early Warning Potential Strong Social Component 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Felix Müller
    • 1
  • Cornelia Baessler
    • 2
  • Mark Frenzel
    • 2
  • Stefan Klotz
    • 2
  • Hendrik Schubert
    • 3
  1. 1.Ecology CentreUniversity of KielKielGermany
  2. 2.Department of Community EcologyHelmholtz Centre for Enironmental Research – UFZHalleGermany
  3. 3.Institute of biosciences, University of RostockRostockGermany

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