Atmospheric Nitrogen 2017
In May 2017, the ILTER Nitrogen Initiative, Nitro Portugal, LTER Europe, INMS and the LTSER platform Montado jointly conducted a highly successful two-week international training school on the effects of atmospheric nitrogen on air quality, ecosystems and biodiversity. The training was hosted by the University of Lisbon. The Scientific Committee consisted of Scientific Commission: Cláudia Cordovil, Mark Sutton, Tommy Dalgaard, Ulli Dragosits, Hideaki Shibata, and Margarida Santos-Reis. The Organizing Commission consisted of Helena Serrano, Teresa Dias, Paula Matos, Margarida Santos Reis, Pedro Pinho, Cristina Branquinho. Trainers were experts from NitroPortugal project, from Denmark, Portugal and the United Kingdom, and other experts from INMS (USA and Japan) and from ILTER. The Training School has welcomed persons interested in activities related to the effects of nitrogen on ecosystems and long-term ecological studies.
As the Portuguese example is relevant to other Mediterranean countries and to other long-term ecological research sites, this training school has attracted a wide audience. The school provided training using a holistic approach of key aspects related to N issues under the WAGES concept (nitrogen threats to Water, Air, Greenhouse balance, Ecosystems and Soils), with a long-term perspective. Further details: Venue: Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal Organization: NitroPortugal
Nitrogen in ecosystems 2016
The course was designed to expose young researchers to state-of-the-art approaches to analysis of nitrogen cycling in ecosystems with a focus on key ecosystem processes and implications for environmental pollution. The course took place at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan and the Uryu Experimental Forest of Hokkaido University in Japan (a core-site of Japan LTER network) from June 16-24th, 2016. The organizer was ILTER, in conjunction with JaLTER (Japan LTER) and TERN (Taiwan LTER), the local organizing team consisted of Hideaki Shibata, Toshiya Yoshida, Karibu Fukuzawa, Makoto Kobayashi, Yoshitaka Uchida (Hokkaido University)
Nineteen participants from eight ILTER network countries (Japan, Taiwan, USA, Mexico, France, Brazil, Austria and China) attended this course. Twenty four academic staff from Japan, Taiwan, USA, Portugal and Austria gave a series of indoor lectures and field demonstrations on cutting-edge findings, research protocols, and meta-analysis tools related to long-term nitrogen cycles in ecosystems. The students worked in small groups and carried out two projects. First, they searched for, downloaded and analyzed existing ILTER data and they then carried out intensive data collection in forest research sites at the Uryu experimental forest.