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 LTER stands for “long term ecological research” and involves research and analysis conducted on ecological issues that exist for large periods of time and occupy vast geographical areas. A network of 6 LTER sites was created by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1980 to help document and analyze ecological change over an extensive amount of time. The number of LTER sites has now grown to 26, spanning from Alaska to the Caribbean, with two additional sites in Antarctica. LTER stands for “long term ecological research” and involves research and analysis conducted on ecological issues that exist for large periods of time and occupy vast geographical areas. A network of 6 LTER sites was created by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1980 to help document and analyze ecological change over an extensive amount of time. The number of LTER sites has now grown to 26, spanning from Alaska to the Caribbean, with two additional sites in Antarctica.
  
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 ===== LTER Sites ===== ===== LTER Sites =====
 Andrews Experimental Forest:USDA USFS, Oregon State University\\ Andrews Experimental Forest:USDA USFS, Oregon State University\\
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 The Jornada Basin LTER exists near the southern New Mexico city of Las Cruces. It was established in 1982 to investigate desertification processes in the Chihuahuan desert. According to their website, significant progress has been made in understanding these processes. Specifically,​ research has been done on vegetation trends in 5 different habitats within the Chihuahuan desert: black grama grassland (Bouteloua eriopoda), creosotebush scrub (Larrea tridentata),​ mesquite duneland (Prosopis glandulosa),​ tarbush shrublands (Flourensia cernua)and playa. Another research focus has been on soil development within the Jornada Basin and Range. Studies have been done on alluvial materials that exist in broad valleys between parallel mountain ranges. These kinds of valleys exist not only in the basin and range, but throughout Arizona, Nevada and into the Mojave Desert of California. The Jornada Basin LTER exists near the southern New Mexico city of Las Cruces. It was established in 1982 to investigate desertification processes in the Chihuahuan desert. According to their website, significant progress has been made in understanding these processes. Specifically,​ research has been done on vegetation trends in 5 different habitats within the Chihuahuan desert: black grama grassland (Bouteloua eriopoda), creosotebush scrub (Larrea tridentata),​ mesquite duneland (Prosopis glandulosa),​ tarbush shrublands (Flourensia cernua)and playa. Another research focus has been on soil development within the Jornada Basin and Range. Studies have been done on alluvial materials that exist in broad valleys between parallel mountain ranges. These kinds of valleys exist not only in the basin and range, but throughout Arizona, Nevada and into the Mojave Desert of California.
  
-Website: http://www.lternet.edu/sites/jrn+Website: http://jornada-www.nmsu.edu/
 ===== Andrews Forest LTER ===== ===== Andrews Forest LTER =====
 Located in the western Cascade mountains of Oregon, the Andrews Forest LTER was one of the original 6 LTER sites created by the National Science Foundation in 1980. It was originally established as an experimental forest by the US Forest Service in 1948 when most of the old- Located in the western Cascade mountains of Oregon, the Andrews Forest LTER was one of the original 6 LTER sites created by the National Science Foundation in 1980. It was originally established as an experimental forest by the US Forest Service in 1948 when most of the old-
 growth forest still existed. Throughout the years, research focus has ranged from old-growth harvest to the function and structure of forest ecosystems. Currently, research is being done on the ecological response of forests to land use, climate change, and natural disasters. growth forest still existed. Throughout the years, research focus has ranged from old-growth harvest to the function and structure of forest ecosystems. Currently, research is being done on the ecological response of forests to land use, climate change, and natural disasters.
  
-Website: http://www.lternet.edu/sites/and+Website: http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/
 ===== ILTER: International Long Term Research Network ===== ===== ILTER: International Long Term Research Network =====
 In addition to the U.S. LTER, the ILTER was established in 1993 to promote global long-term ecological research. The network consists of forty member networks from countries that span the globe, such as Brazil, South Africa, and Mongolia. The governing body of ILTER meets annually at a meeting hosted by one of the member networks. In addition to the U.S. LTER, the ILTER was established in 1993 to promote global long-term ecological research. The network consists of forty member networks from countries that span the globe, such as Brazil, South Africa, and Mongolia. The governing body of ILTER meets annually at a meeting hosted by one of the member networks.
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 Hövsgöl ILTER (Mongolia)-http://​asia.ansp.org/​hovsgol/​LTER.html Hövsgöl ILTER (Mongolia)-http://​asia.ansp.org/​hovsgol/​LTER.html
 ===== Published Examples Using LTER Data ===== ===== Published Examples Using LTER Data =====
-Redman, Charles L., J. Morgan Grove, and Lauren H. Kuby (2004). Integrating Social Science into the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network: Social Dimensions of Ecological Change and Ecological Dimensions of Social Change. Ecosystems, 7(2), 161-171. DOI: 10.1007/​s10021-003-0215-z ​+  * Redman, Charles L., J. Morgan Grove, and Lauren H. Kuby (2004). Integrating Social Science into the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network: Social Dimensions of Ecological Change and Ecological Dimensions of Social Change. Ecosystems, 7(2), 161-171. DOI: 10.1007/​s10021-003-0215-z ​
  
 This article is about the integration of the social science into the LTER network and looks at the the “social dimensions of ecological change”. This article is about the integration of the social science into the LTER network and looks at the the “social dimensions of ecological change”.
  
-Brazel, Anthony, Nancy Selover, Russell Vose, and Gordon Heisler (2000). Understanding urban climates: The tale of two climates—Baltimore and Phoenix urban LTER sites. Climate Research, 15, 123-135. DOI: 10.3354/​cr015123. ​+  * Brazel, Anthony, Nancy Selover, Russell Vose, and Gordon Heisler (2000). Understanding urban climates: The tale of two climates—Baltimore and Phoenix urban LTER sites. Climate Research, 15, 123-135. DOI: 10.3354/​cr015123. ​
  
 The article analyzes the effects of urban areas on the local climate as the cities of Baltimore and Phoenix increase in size and population each year. Data that is used spans from 1900 to 2000. The article analyzes the effects of urban areas on the local climate as the cities of Baltimore and Phoenix increase in size and population each year. Data that is used spans from 1900 to 2000.
  
-Childers, D. L. (2006). A synthesis of long-term research by the Florida Coastal Everglades ​ +  * Childers, D. L. (2006). A synthesis of long-term research by the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER Program. Hydrobiologia,​ 569(1), 531-544. DOI: 10.1007/​s10750-006-0154-8. ​
-LTER Program. Hydrobiologia,​ 569(1), 531-544. DOI: 10.1007/​s10750-006-0154-8. ​+
  
 This paper is a summary of all research conducted in the Florida Everglades over a 5-6 year time period. Research subjects included: use of organic matter in the ecosystem, understanding estuaries, and the dynamics of aquatic food webs. This paper is a summary of all research conducted in the Florida Everglades over a 5-6 year time period. Research subjects included: use of organic matter in the ecosystem, understanding estuaries, and the dynamics of aquatic food webs.
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