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  1. 1. LTER plot network and environmental gradient transect network David Lindenmayer
  2. 2. Locations of plot networks and environmental transects
  3. 3. <ul><li>Collaborating institutions </li></ul>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. 4. <ul><li>Overarching aims of extensive plot networks (PNs) and environmental gradient transects (EGTs): </li></ul><ul><li>Assess the state, condition and structural complexity of vegetation, across representative ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>Quantify vegetation + faunal relationships wrt disturbances (some wrt fire, grazing, forestry) (some wrt climate change) </li></ul><ul><li>Record vegetation parameters to assist remote sensing interpretation + satellite ground truthing (link with AusCover) </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance integration PN and EGT (e.g. for national synthesis) </li></ul><ul><li>Assist ongoing activities of PN and EGT. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Core activities </li></ul><ul><li>Develop appropriate and consistent monitoring methods and protocols </li></ul><ul><li>Agreed sets of parameters to be measured (within and between) plot networks and transects </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>derived using appropriate ecological conceptual frameworks to address key ecological questions . </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Collection of site-based data and field samples </li></ul><ul><li>Storage and management of data, metadata, samples </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrated high-level integration and collaboration </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Evaluate performance of ecosystem and landscape process models. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop better representation of ecological processes in ecosystem and landscape models (link with Scaling, Integration and Modelling Facility, Priority 7). </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate methods of data and ecological research integration (what can and cannot be integrated where and when) </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Some general outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Provide the infrastructure and generate key datasets to: </li></ul><ul><li>Develop detailed understanding of the behaviour and regulation of key ecosystem functions and processes. </li></ul><ul><li>Quantify critical relationships between vegetation condition and/or biodiversity and major disturbance regimes. </li></ul>
  8. 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
  10. 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
  11. 13. DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2010.02179.x
  12. 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)
  13. 15. Adelaide – last week – extensive and very productive discussions about the LTER and EGT integration Program of additional workshops
  14. 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 --- --- ----- ---- ----- --
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 19. Major momentum wrt integration and co-ordination wrt LAMPS, LTER, EGT and Super-sites