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eLTER in a nutshell

Here we provide information about eLTER RI, the Integrated European Long-Term Ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological Research Infrastructure. eLTER RI is now in the priority list of European Research Infrastructures ( project catalogue ) to be operational in 2027.

To secure the implementation of the eLTER RI, the European Commission has approved two major, complementary Horizon2020 projects: eLTER PLUS (Advanced Community) and eLTER PPP (Preparatory Phase). The projects will provide a major boost through exemplary case studies at selected eLTER sites across Europe to test the current capacities (eLTER PLUS) and thereby trigger eLTER RI development (eLTER PPP) according to user needs.

The eLTER RI will comprise about 250 eLTER Sites and eLTSER Platforms from over 20 participating European countries. It will offer a wide range of European-level Central Services for different users, including access to sites and site data from multiple sources. eLTER RI will enable standard observations and analyses of the environment in a holistic manner, encompassing biological, geological, hydrological and socio-ecological perspectives.

Find information about the development and vision of eLTER, news and more at the eLTER website

You want to know…

To get involved: eLTER Sites and Platforms Forum

Sites and Platforms Forum (SPF) is a specific platform for eLTER Sites and Platform coordinators (SPCs) for communication and exchange or for establishing joint activities (e.g. training) as a peer group across countries.

Find more information and Frequently Asked Questions at the eLTER wiki pages


Keep the entries for your sites in the DEIMS site and data registry up to date and find more (e)LTER sites and platforms you may cooperate with!

Communication and PR

  • Subscribe for quarterly eLTER Newsletter
  • Consider mentioning LTER and eLTER (if applicable) in publications, presentations etc.
  • We want to increase the visibility and awareness of eLTER! Detailed guidelines and examples on how to engage the public with your press release, news item or social media posts are provided for the eLTER teams, National Coordinators and the Site and Platform Coordinators in a Communication Handbook, with up-to-date information on how to handle communication in the best way.