The East Asia and Pacific regional network of ILTER (hereafter, ILTER-EAP) was established in 1995 by member networks of ILTER and it is one of the four continental ILTER regional networks (Kim et al. 2018). The region contains about 150 LTER sites from eight formal ILTER member networks, which are located over a wide geographical range as well as temperature and precipitation. The ILTER-EAP has been acting to develop networks of LTER science, promote data sharing, enhance research collaborations and building capacity between research groups and networks, and bridge gaps between societal needs and scientific imperatives on concerns in the East Asia and Pacific region.
Climate, society and ecosystems in our region are experiencing remarkable changes. In particular, the societies and ecosystems in the region are challenged by large gradients in economic growth and climate change. Biological and cultural diversities are also exceptional features of this region. Based on these features, the research themes of ILTER-EAP include (i) changes and loss in status of biodiversity, (ii) spatial and temporal changes in carbon cycle and primary production, (iii) nitrogen cycle, and (iv) ecohydrology in mountainous and urban areas. As a regional network of ILTER, the regional network has the essential role of promoting data and knowledge sharing within the global community to further promote the value of ecological science in ensuring the sustainability of ecosystems and societies under climatic, societal and environmental change.
The role of ILTER-EAP also includes engagement with local, national and regional groups of ecosystem scientists, data and knowledge users, and societal stakeholders. Strengthening capacity and developing these broad communities requires communicating and sharing the challenges and common goals that need to be tackled. To this end, the biennial conference and information management workshop of ILTER-EAP are two of the platforms for scientists in the member networks as well as the interested entities in our region.
ILTER-EAP and its member networks are open to science communities, including institutions, research groups, and individual scientists.
A broad and flexible network will generate new opportunities to tackle the scientific questions and applications at regional and global scales, and from the past to the near future of ecosystems.
If you are interested in participating in the ILTER-EAP please contact the network’s Chair Professor Hiroyuki Muraoka.
For more details on ILTER-EAP and ILTER, please refer to following publications.
Kim ES., Trisurat Y., Muraoka H., Shibata H., Amoroso V., Boldgiv B., Hoshizaki K., Kassim AR., Kim YS., Nguyen HQ., Ohte N., Ong P. and Wang CP (2018) International Long-Term Ecological Research East Asia-Pacific Regional Network (ILTER-EAP): History, development and perspectives. Ecological Research 33: 19-34.
Mirtl M., Borer E.T., Djukic I., Forsius M., Haubold H., Hugo W., Jourdan J., Lindenmayer D., McDowell W.H., Muraoka H., Orenstein D.E., Pauw J.C., Peterseil J., Shibata H., Wohner C., Yu X., Haase P. (2018) Genesis, goals and achievements of Long-Term Ecological Research at the global scale: A critical review of ILTER and future directions. Science of the Total Environment 626: 1439-1462.