As a publicly-funded research program, the LTER Network makes data available online with as few restrictions as possible. Every LTER site has an information manager, who works to ensure that LTER data is reviewed for errors and inconsistencies and thoroughly documented so that it can be incorporated into broader comparative and synthetic studies.
Sources for LTER data:
The LTER Data Portal offers a coordinated view of LTER data sets and is published by the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI), an environmental data repository that grew out of the information management systems and practices of the LTER Network. Many other environmental science research programs — especially those funded through NSF’s Division of Environmental Biology — also contribute data to the EDI repository.
Many LTER data are also available through disciplinary or regional repositories such as the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO), the Arctic Data Center, the Dryad Digital Repository, and others. The most comprehensive search of public data at this time is available via the DataONE Federation, LTER member node.
Many LTER sites also have a local data catalog that includes LTER and non-LTER data, presented in a way that is most usable for site-based researchers. It may also include data that is not yet publicly available because it hasn’t been cleaned and documented or because manuscripts using the data haven’t yet been submitted to journals.
We love it when LTER data can contribute to scientific discovery and environmental management in unexpected ways and we encourage researchers to cite LTER data using the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) associated with each data package.
When using data collected by another investigator, it is both courteous and wise to make direct contact with the investigator before incorporating the data into your analyses. Contact information and funding sources are available in the metadata associated with each data package.
The LTER Data Access Policy was last updated at the 2017 LTER Science Council Meeting. Guidelines for LTER information management systems were updated in Fall, 2017.
The community of LTER Information managers publishes the DataBits Newsletter approximately twice a year, with updates on information activities at sites and deep dives into topics of interest to LTER and other Environmental Information Managers. All current and past issues are available in the LTER DataBits archive.
LTER Site Information Managers
|Site Name||Data Manager|
|Andrews Forest LTER||Suzanne Remillard|
|Arctic LTER||James Laundre|
|Baltimore Ecosystem Study||Mary Martin|
|Beaufort Lagoon Ecosystem LTER||Tim Whiteaker|
|Bonanza Creek LTER||Jason Downing|
|California Current Ecosystem LTER||James Conners|
|Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve||Dan Bahauddin|
|Central Arizona - Phoenix LTER||Stevan Earl|
|Coweeta LTER||Virgil "Ed" Johnson|
|Florida Coastal Everglades LTER||Kristin Vanderbilt|
|Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER||Wade Sheldon|
|Harvard Forest LTER||Emery Boose|
|Hubbard Brook LTER||Mary Martin|
|Jornada Basin LTER||Greg Maurer|
|Kellogg Biological Station LTER||Sven Bohm|
|Konza Prairie LTER||Yang Xia|
|LTER Network Office (UCSB)||Julien Brun|
|Luquillo LTER||Miguel Leon|
|McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER||Renée F. Brown|
|Moorea Coral Reef LTER||M Gastil-Buhl|
|Niwot Ridge LTER||Sarah Elmendorf|
|North Temperate Lakes LTER||Corinna Gries|
|Northeast U.S. Shelf||Stace Beaulieu|
|Northern Gulf of Alaska||Chris Turner|
|Palmer Antarctica LTER||James Conners|
|Plum Island Ecosystems LTER||Hap Garritt|
|Santa Barbara Coastal LTER||Li Kui|
|Sevilleta LTER||Kris Hall|
|Virginia Coast Reserve LTER||John Porter|