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  • 1. LTER plot network and environmental gradient transect network David Lindenmayer
  • 2. Locations of plot networks and environmental transects
  • 3.
    • Collaborating institutions
    Institution Plot Networks DEC-WA SWATT University of Adelaide TREND CSIRO/CDU NATT ANU/DECCW Lindenmayer and NSW CSIRO/JCU CSIRO Melbourne University/DSE etc Victoria Alpine etc
  • 4.
    • Overarching aims of extensive plot networks (PNs) and environmental gradient transects (EGTs):
    • Assess the state, condition and structural complexity of vegetation, across representative ecosystems
    • Quantify vegetation + faunal relationships wrt disturbances (some wrt fire, grazing, forestry) (some wrt climate change)
    • Record vegetation parameters to assist remote sensing interpretation + satellite ground truthing (link with AusCover)
    • Enhance integration PN and EGT (e.g. for national synthesis)
    • Assist ongoing activities of PN and EGT.
  • 5.
    • Core activities
    • Develop appropriate and consistent monitoring methods and protocols
    • Agreed sets of parameters to be measured (within and between) plot networks and transects
        • derived using appropriate ecological conceptual frameworks to address key ecological questions .
    • Collection of site-based data and field samples
    • Storage and management of data, metadata, samples
    • Demonstrated high-level integration and collaboration
  • 6.
    • Evaluate performance of ecosystem and landscape process models.
    • Develop better representation of ecological processes in ecosystem and landscape models (link with Scaling, Integration and Modelling Facility, Priority 7).
    • Demonstrate methods of data and ecological research integration (what can and cannot be integrated where and when)
  • 7.
    • Some general outcomes
    • Provide the infrastructure and generate key datasets to:
    • Develop detailed understanding of the behaviour and regulation of key ecosystem functions and processes.
    • Quantify critical relationships between vegetation condition and/or biodiversity and major disturbance regimes.
  • 8. Key issue – integration and co-ordination (A lot of thought has gone into this)
  • 9.  
  • 10. The “design” of the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute
  • 11. Biodiversity Monitoring Workshop Feb. 2011 Funded by The Thomas Foundation and CEED (ARC CoE) Subsequent new book with chapter author contributions and review paper
  • 12.  
  • 13. DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2010.02179.x
  • 14. Key issue – integration and co-ordination First = what do the data look like = basis for thinking about both integration & co-ordination = opportunities for meta-analysis/synthesis Second – thrash out sensible common measures – where they are needed (or otherwise)
  • 15. Adelaide – last week – extensive and very productive discussions about the LTER and EGT integration Program of additional workshops
  • 16. Study No. sites Start year Management type Disturbance types Groups examined No. veg. types Plot network X 161 1983 Timber production, nature conservation, water production, recreation Logging, fire Mammals, birds etc 4 Plot network Y --- --- ----- ---- ----- --
  • 17. Stock-take of plot and site variables Develop key themes for integration – carbon, disturbance (fire, grazing), plant composition change over time = framing of questions = ID of additional variables = integration subset or all LTER and EGT sites
  • 18. Integration Key paper on the importance of long-term sites and plots (DBL to lead – started already) Key paper on the “husbandry” of long- term plot networks (David Keith to lead) Scoping of SOB report – by biome with LTER and EGT representatives
  • 19. Major momentum wrt integration and co-ordination wrt LAMPS, LTER, EGT and Super-sites