The first ILTER OSM has taken place in the Krüger National Park in South Africa from Sunday 9 October to Thursday 13 October 2016. The conference was hosted by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the Department of Science and Tecnology (DST) and the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON). The ILTER OSM has included a full range of academic sessions, plenary lectures, social events and field trips within the Krüger National Park.
The OSM themes covered in the dedicated sessions were:
- Nitrogen impacts on ecosystems structures and functioning
- Carbon and water cycles under climate change
- Towards sustainable usage of ecosystem services (local, regional & global)
- Drivers of biodiversity across scales
- Data integration and interoperability enabling global scale ecosystem research and linking with environmental monitoring
- Linking local, regional and global Earth system observations and models.
Furthermore, specific contributions were called for relating to emerging issues and challenges for ecosystem research and half a day was dedicated to relations with major relevant global observation networks and infrastructures.
Delecates encomassed primarily LTER researchers and scientific site coordinators (PIs) and LTER stakeholders and partners. The participation of early career scholars and postgraduate researchers was particularly encouraged.
Aside the scientific programme, a range of field trips was offered to a limited number of participants before the conference.
OSM group picture captured by a drone operated by SAEON technician Rion Lerm