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Dr Michael Mirtl (ILTER Chair) presenting at the AusLTER Forum 2018

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Dr Michael Mirtl (ILTER Chair) presenting at the AusLTER Forum 2018

  1. 1. ILTER - Status and perspectives Michael Mirtl Chair of ILTER & LTER-Europe Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ, Germany) Environment Agency (EAA, Austria) Filling a critical gap for top-class science ESA conference, 26-28 Nov. 2018, Brisbane International Long-Term Ecological Research Network
  2. 2. ILTER - Status and perspectives Michael Mirtl Chair of ILTER & LTER-Europe Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ, Germany) Environment Agency (EAA, Austria) Filling a critical gap for top-class science ESA conference, 26-28 Nov. 2018, Brisbane International Long-Term Ecological Research Network
  3. 3. Federal Environment Agency ILTER Level of SITES LTSER Region LTSER Region Level of PLATFORMS National Networks East Asia Pacific, Americas, LTER-Europe Global LTER Regional Groups ILTER: Integrating and coordinating key elements of environmental systems research ILTER publications (Li B. et al., 2013)
  4. 4. Federal Environment Agency ILTER Example for LTER Site design & activities Input OutputEcosystem Change Integrated LTER research on the whole system responding to Grand Challenges:  Climate change  Biodiversity and land use  Biogeochemistry and pollution  Sustainable socio-ecological systems (LTSER) Hydrology ExperimentsAtmosphere, e.g. FluxNet Co-location: Supporting long-term observation • System structure & functions • Main drivers • Disturbance effects (slow presses, fast pulses – extreme events) Regular env. monitoring
  5. 5. Federal Environment Agency ILTER LTSER Platforms • Regional scope, including multiple land use types Courtesy D: Orenstein , 2017 • Interdisciplinary: Promote integration of natural and social science • Cross-sector stakeholder collaboration • Relevant knowledge for decision-making RESEARCH POLICY Reflexive: Did it work? Iterative: Continue the research Responsive: Addressing societal needs Relevant: Designed for direct policy uptake Platforms for long-term socio-ecological reearch (LTSER)
  6. 6. Federal Environment Agency ILTER Site categories & spatial assemblage Network specific spatial assemblage:
  7. 7. Federal Environment Agency ILTER Development of member networks since 1993
  8. 8. Federal Environment Agency ILTER The gobal network of LTER Sites
  9. 9. Federal Environment Agency ILTER Year of site establishment
  10. 10. Federal Environment Agency ILTER US LTER/ NSF CERN/ CAS AusLTER - TERN/ NCRIS - LTERN LTER-Europe/ eLTER/ EC LTER South Africa/ SAEON NRC LTER EAP LTER Germany/ Helmholtz LTER France/ CNRS ILTER: Benefiting from nationally/regionally funded LTER network ambitions
  11. 11. ILTER´s four main fields of activities Coordination in close collaboration with pace setting LTER networks/regions in China (CERN), South Africa (SAEON), Australia (TERN), US-LTER, eLTER, EAP etc. Scientific Identity & alignment Physical infrastructure & services: GRI Strategic framework & partner Network of scientists & institutions ILTER Regional Groups National Networks Sites & Platforms Strategic framework for national/regional network & RI development ILTER as platform for high-level global partnerships (e.g. GEO, UNESCO WNBR, NEON, ICSU/PECS, INI, Droughtnet, FutureEarth)
  12. 12. Federal Environment Agency ILTER ILTER: A platform for integration and alignment Network of scientists and institutions  Global Open Science Meetings (OSM 2016, SA; OSM 2019 Germany)  Annual ILTER CC & national/regional conferences (France, Taiwan)  Communities interactions & cultural issues Scientific identity  Integrated conceptual model  LTER research challenges (scope)  Science initiatives (incl. bottom-up initiatives)  Anchoring in the Grand Challenges landscape Physical infrastructure & services ( GRI)  Site categories  Services incl. site registry & harmonized standard observation variables  Integrated infrastructures Strategic framework and partner at various levels  Mutual interaction und benefits with regional and member NW  International interactions (GEO, NEON, INI/INMS, GERI, ICSU/PECS, Droughtnet, FutureEarth, IPBES)
  13. 13. Federal Environment Agency ILTER ILTER: A platform for integration and alignment Network of scientists and institutions  Global Open Science Meetings (OSM 2016, SA; OSM 2019 Germany)  Annual ILTER CC & national/regional conferences (France, Taiwan)  Communities interactions & cultural issues Scientific identity  Integrated conceptual model  LTER research challenges (scope)  Science initiatives (incl. bottom-up initiatives)  Anchoring in the Grand Challenges landscape Physical infrastructure & services ( GRI)  Site categories  Services incl. site registry & harmonized standard observation variables  Integrated infrastructures Strategic framework and partner at various levels  Mutual interaction und benefits with regional and member NW  International collaboration (GEO, NEON, INI/INMS, GERI, ICSU/PECS, Droughtnet, FutureEarth, IPBES)
  14. 14. Federal Environment Agency ILTER ILTER Open Science Meeting 2016 - Stats 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 South Africa United States France China Germany Italy Israel Australia Portugal Netherlands Spain Austria Mexico Serbia Belgium Sweden Czech Republic Japan Chile Finland New Zealand Norway Kenya United Kingdom Taiwan Greece India Ukraine South Korea Slovakia Brazil Dominating topics (driven by number of talks and posters) ~ 300 participants ~ 35 countries ~160 talks ~ 70 posters
  15. 15. Federal Environment Agency ILTER Whole-systyem approach: Elements Tansley 1935 Collins et al. 2011 Heffernan et al. 2014 Heffernanetal.2014 Critical Zone Biogeophysical template Tansley 1935 Vernadsky 1926
  16. 16. Federal Environment Agency ILTER Whole system approach for in-situ research on life supporting systems Life Supporting System(s) across scales Human- environment- interactions/ ESS Ecosystems/ Biodiversity Mirtl et al., in prep. [2019]
  17. 17. Federal Environment Agency ILTER Response to a central ILTER Network dilemma: Science initiatives Active long-term initiatives • Harmonized observations - EI & EBV • Nitrogen Initiative (training, INMS) • Litter decomposition experiment “TeaComposition” • Diversity-Stability Inactive: ForestREplot, Distributed Experiments task force, PECS Bottom-up initaitives • Lichens as indicators in a global network for the assessment of the effects of atmospheric N and CC (Portugal) • Long-term ecological research for citizens: TRAIL - TRAvelling through ecosystems and bIodiversity: (Italy) • Data integration across continents: Understanding Changes in Biodiversity, Carbon and Water under Climate change at top sites (Australia) Filling critical gaps • multi-site • cross-disciplinary • conceptual work
  18. 18. ILTER´s four main fields of activities Coordination in close collaboration with pace setting LTER networks/regions in China (CERN), South Africa (SAEON), Australia (TERN/ AusLTER), US-LTER, eLTER, EAP etc. Regional Groups National Networks Sites & Platforms Prominent example GEO: • ILTER as in-situ data provider for GEO • DEIMS SDR as agreed pilot for a global site registry ILTER as platform for high-level global partnerships (e.g. UNESCO WNBR, NEON, ICSU/PECS, INI, Droughtnet, FutureEarth) Scientific identity & alignment Physical infrastructure & services: GRI Strategic framework & partner Network of scientists & institutions ILTER
  19. 19. Content https://deims.orgDEIMS-SDR - Dynamic Env. IM System – Sites and Dataset Registry
  20. 20. Federal Environment Agency ILTER LTER ties to GEO ▪ GEO ▪ 100 national governments ▪ 100 Participating Organizations ▪ ILTER =Participating Organisation ▪ Observations contributing to several SDGs (e.g. 6/water; 15/biodiversity) Calibration, verification and validation facility for RS service providers ILTER as in-situ data provider User of RS products to better fulfil its own mission (scale?) DEIMS SDR as agreed pilot for a global site registry across networks (incl. accreditation) ILTER fosters bottom- up integration/consoli- dation of terrestrial in- situ observation networks Contribution to the development of a Global Terrestrial Observation System successor GEO 2018: ILTER leading the related side event
  21. 21. Federal Environment Agency ILTER Hitting limits: 6 Sigma problem & challenges for a network Time / Development Path VarianceinScopeorDegreesofFreedom Target/RefinedScope Science Drivers Societal Imperatives Everything to Everyone Large Science Community Large Intellectual Creativity Requirements Capture Grand Challenges Defined Prioritization Activities Budget / Schedule / Risk Management Focused Overarching Scope Idea space Formulating Concept Formal Project Management Managing Science Vision Courtesy Hank Loescher 2018
  22. 22. Federal Environment Agency ILTER The „Zhaoqing Think Tank“ on the Global Research Infrastructure challenge for Ecosystem RIs (China, 2018-04; USA, 2019-04)  Human resources & staffing of RIs  RI design issues incl. combining observation with experimentation  Organisational requirements and system engineering  Standard environmental observation and trade off with hypothesis driven appraoches  Globalisation incl. requirements emerging from wealth gradients constraining global coverage  Options for a Global Ecosystem Ecology Research Infrastructure („GERI“)  „GERI“ as G8 Group of Senior Officers/GRI case study  Clarification of GEO- relevance
  23. 23. Recent action: ILTER at ICRI 2018, Vienna castle Cluster of 7 concerted roll- ups of major networks and ILTER (in the center) 5 oral presentation on ecosystem and environmental research
  24. 24. ILTER Strategic Plan 2030 Cope with challenges of national and global strategies Raise profile and underpin uniqueness Sustainably increase number of key partnerships Grow and broaden Scientific Identity Physical infrastructure & services: GRI Strategic framework & partner Network of scientists & institutions ILTER
  25. 25. Federal Environment Agency ILTER COMPETITION: „The most striking LTER case“  Outstanding outcomes  Underpinning the importance of LTER  Findings, which only LTER sites and/or their data could enable  Award: Costs of attending the OSM 2019 (value 2000 US$)  4 slides max.  1 page description max.  Upload to CLOUD link on ILTER CC (Taiwan) conference website Password 4321Wow!
  26. 26. Federal Environment Agency ILTER Open Science Meeting (OSM) 2019  Covers Long-term ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological research  Germany, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig  Save the date 2-7 September 2019  www.ilter-2019-leipzig.de  Field trip to Elbsandsteingebirge
  27. 27. DEPARTURE FOR ANOTHER 25 YEARS

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