LTER, which stands for Long-Term Ecological Research,
is a network of sites with a very large spatial scale in which long-term research is carried out.
Monitoring and collecting relevant ecological and socio-ecological data.
Establish links and connections between institutions and researchers, promoting the exchange of knowledge, synergy and cooperation.
1. Ecological processes operate at larger space and time scales than those used in more traditional research
2. Interpretation of system results and trends vary depending on whether the data are from short- or long-term collections.
3. Long-term analyses allow separating the natural variability of ecosystems (since they are dynamic systems) from clear signs of environmental or anthropogenic changes..
LTER network encompasses hundreds of research sites in a diversity of ecosystems that have helped and will help to understand global change across the globe.
A world in which science is at the forefront of preventing and solving environmental and socio-ecological problems, using targeted, collaborative and long-term research.
In recent decades, increasing human pressure on ecosystems and the increasing rate of change in exploitation systems has highlighted the need to develop a more coordinated environmental data collection system on a serial spatial and temporal scale in order to detect patterns of change and prevent situations that may be triggered.
The Portuguese Society of Ecology (SPECO) was at the genesis of the implementation of this network of sites and is currently responsible for the dissemination of the LTER Portugal project.
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