ILTER member networks have the opportunity to group themselves into regional groups of a particular geographic context. These regional groups facilitate the establishment of Member Networks in the designated region, share technical expertise and make optimal use of available resources, among other activities, and, thereby, consider the specifics of the region with more depth than it could be done by the globally operating association. Each member of a regional group must be a member of ILTER and fulfil the needed quality criteria. See also Networks and Regions.
The East Asia and Pacific regional network of ILTER (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
- changes and loss in status of biodiversity,
- spatial and temporal changes in carbon cycle and primary production,
- nitrogen cycle, and
- ecohydrology in mountainous and urban areas.
As a regional network of ILTER, ILTER-EAP 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.
Further information on ILTER-EAP
To learn more about ILTER-EAP and its role within ILTER please refer to the below 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11284-017-1523-7
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.12.001
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.