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NSF Forum: The Globalization of Long Term Ecological Research

Scientists conduct long-term studies of Earth’s ecosystems through international collaborations
Fire moves through grasslands at NSF’s Konza Prairie LTER Site in Kansas

February 11, 2013

Deserts and forests, grasslands, lakes and rivers. Over the past 33 years, long-term ecological research has been conducted at a network of National Science Foundation (NSF) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites in these and other ecosystems.

NSF’s LTER network has an international sister effort. The ILTER, or International Long Term Ecological Research network, is a global consortium of long-term research programs. This year, it marks its 20th anniversary.

In recognition of that milestone, NSF’s annual LTER mini-symposium, held this year on Feb. 28, 2013, at NSF headquarters, will highlight the global reach of long-term ecological research.

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