ILTER International Long Term Ecological Research
Time span: long term
Aim: To foster and promote collaboration and coordination among ecological researchers and research networks at local, regional and global scales; improve comparability of long-term ecological data from sites around the world, and facilitate exchange and preservation of this data; deliver scientific information to scientists, policymakers, and the public and develop best ecosystem management practices to meet the needs of decision-makers at multiple levels; and facilitate education of the next generation of long-term scientists
Description: ILTER consists of networks of scientists engaged in long-term, site-based ecological and socioeconomic research. Our mission is to improve understanding of global ecosystems and inform solutions to current and future environmental problems
Countries: no field sites. 32 countries worldwide are a member, 11 consider becoming a member





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Global Change and
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