The LTER Network Communications Office (NCO) serves as a hub for the research synthesis, education, and outreach activities of the LTER Network.

Programs at the NCO engage LTER investigators in integrating the observations, experiments, and models developed at individual sites into a robust understanding of ecosystem functioning across multiple scales and biomes. Synthesis working groups expand the scope of LTER science by applying insights from a few systems or organisms to build and test more general (and broadly applicable) results.

nco venn diagram of synthesis research, communication and outreach, education and trainingThe NCO amplifies the voice and extends the reach of LTER site-based communication activities and takes a leadership role on Network-wide communications with the scientific community and other stakeholders. By building a broader awareness of LTER science, experts, and outcomes, the NCO aims to ensure that scientists, educators, resource managers, and decision-makers have the maximum possible access to this extraordinary resource.

Housed at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), the Network Communications Office benefits from NCEAS’ expertise in data science and open science for synthesis. NCEAS also brings 20 years of experience in managing synthesis working groups. With more than 600 scientists visiting NCEAS in an average year, the potential for cross-site and cross-disciplinary collaboration is extraordinary.