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Title (Primary) Long-term environmental monitoring infrastructures in Europe: observations, measurements, scales, and socio-ecological representativeness
Author Mollenhauer, H.; Kasner, M.; Haase, P.; Peterseil, J.; Wohner, C.; Frenzel, M.; Schima, R.; Bumberger, J.; Zacharias, S.;
Journal Science of the Total Environment
Year 2018
Department BZF; MET;
Volume 624
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T53;
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Keywords Long-term ecological monitoring; Ecosystem integrity; Essential biodiversity variables; Biogeographical representativeness
UFZ wide themes TERENO; RU5;
Abstract The challenges posed by climate and land use change are increasingly complex, with ever-increasing and accelerating impacts on the global environmental system. The establishment of an internationally harmonized, integrated, and long-term operated environmental monitoring infrastructure is one of the major challenges of modern environmental research. Increased efforts are currently being made in Europe to establish such a harmonized pan-European observation infrastructure, and the European network of Long-Term Ecological Research sites – LTER-Europe – is of particular importance. By evaluating 477 formally accredited LTER-Europe sites, this study gives an overview of the current distribution of these infrastructures and the present condition of long-term environmental research in Europe. We compiled information on long-term biotic and abiotic observations and measurements and examined the representativeness in terms of continental biogeographical and socio-ecological gradients. The results were used to identify gaps in both measurements and coverage of the aforementioned gradients. Furthermore, an overview of the current state of the LTER-Europe observation strategies is given. The latter forms the basis for investigating the comparability of existing LTER-Europe monitoring concepts both in terms of observational design as well as in terms of the scope of the environmental compartments, variables and properties covered.
ID 19783
Persistent UFZ Identifier https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=19783
Mollenhauer, H., Kasner, M., Haase, P., Peterseil, J., Wohner, C., Frenzel, M., Schima, R., Bumberger, J., Zacharias, S. (2018):
Long-term environmental monitoring infrastructures in Europe: observations, measurements, scales, and socio-ecological representativeness
Sci. Total Environ. 624 , 968 - 978