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Welcome to LTER-D!

The German network for long term ecological research is intended to be a platform for communication, documentation and collaboration of scientists in long-term, system-oriented and interdisciplinary environmental research in Germany. Actually it covers 17 sites and platforms all over Germany performing long-term ecological research in all relevant ecosystem types from the high mountains to the Wadden Sea. LTER-D is a member in the international LTER umbrella organisation ILTER and in the European regional network LTER-Europe. Both networks are exclusively defined by the commitment of the members to their shared goals.

Long-term approaches are particularly important in investigations of environmental changes, because such changes usually occur only gradually and with larger temporal fluctuations overlying the trend. Under such circumstances, only an adequately long observation period can be a sound basis to secure results and to support prognoses.

Founded in 2004, the German LTER is in its consolidating phase. The further development of LTER is closely tuned with recommandations of and cooperation with LTER-Europe in order to make both networks powerful.

Note that we are just starting to translate the German pages in English. Hopefully this will be finished in early spring 2009!