The ILTER-EAP Regional Group has committees on Science, Information Management, and Education and Outreach.
Within ILTER-EAP, various studies have been conducted according to the priorities and interests of the member networks. Research topics among the LTER networks are diverse but four thematic areas are considered areas of intense focus: biodiversity, carbon and nitrogen cycles, and ecohydrology.
Analyses of long-term ecological data across the sites and regions not only facilitate an understanding of past phenomena and current conditions, but they also to enable the prediction of future changes of key ecological features and dynamics. The strength of ILTER-EAP lies in its networking activities encompassing sites and re- searchers having long-term data at local and regional scales across large gradient of natural and socio-economic conditions.
For more information on the ILTER-EAP Science committee please contact Yongyut Trisurat.
Sharing data is critical for addressing the major science challenges and achieving the success of ILTER-EAP’s programs and activities. An examination of ecological theories and hypotheses critically requires ecological data, and long-term, shared, and archived data are especially valuable resources for advancing ecological understanding.
The ILTER-EAP Information Management committee works to promote the sharing of data within the network and assists member networks on technical issues, making data from heterogeneous sources discoverable and accessible, credits and citations and data management skills development.
Education and Outreach
Education and outreach are two of the major goals of LTER network activities. ILTER-EAP offers various education and outreach programs for different groups, including senior and junior researchers and scholars through the various opportunities such as technical improvement to access to archived data in the ILTER database, training for sample collection and in situ observation and data analysis for various research questions. It can also provide support for people to attend workshops, seminars and symposiums; and establish direct contacts with the site managers, committee members, and network chairs.