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Prof Phil Robertson (Michigan State University, USA) presenting at the AusLTER Forum 2018

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Prof Phil Robertson (Michigan State University, USA) presenting at the AusLTER Forum 2018

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Prof Phil Robertson (Michigan State University, USA) presenting at the AusLTER Forum 2018

  1. 1. 28 sites mainly US: terrestrial, aquatic, marine biomes +urban, agricultural sites Funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) - 6 year funding cycle - decentralized management - site-based funding First site funded in 1980, most recent in 2016; 2-40 years of sustained observations Mission = place-based, hypothesis driven science, long-term questions U.S. Long Term Networks – 1. Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER)
  2. 2. U.S. Long Term Networks – 2. Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) 18 sites - 9 cropland, 9 rangeland Funded by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) First funded 2012 Mission = long-term questions related to sustainable intensification
  3. 3. U.S. Long Term Networks – 3. National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) 20 primary sites (+2 satellites each) to represent climatic ecoregions Funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) -centrally managed -common measurements First funded in 2011 Mission = long-term observations to detect environmental change
  4. 4. KBS LTER Conceptual Model Central Question (from 2018): What mechanisms contribute to the resilience of key ecosystem functions and services in agricultural landscapes? First funded 1988

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