A collection of water samples from GCE

As a publicly-funded research program, the LTER Network makes data available online with as few restrictions as possible. Every LTER site has a data 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:

environmental data initiative logoThe LTER Data Portal offers a coordinated view of LTER data sets and is published by the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI), which also maintains an archive of data from other environmental science research programs.

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.

Most 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.

LTER Site Data Managers

Site NameData Manager
Andrews Forest LTERSuzanne Remillard
Arctic LTERJames Laundre
Baltimore Ecosystem StudyMary Martin
Beaufort Lagoon Ecosystem LTERTim Whiteaker
Bonanza Creek LTERJason Downing
California Current Ecosystem LTERJames Conners
Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science ReserveDan Bahauddin
Central Arizona - Phoenix LTERStevan Earl
Coweeta LTERVirgil "Ed" Johnson
Florida Coastal Everglades LTERKristin Vanderbilt
Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTERWade Sheldon
Harvard Forest LTEREmery Boose
Hubbard Brook LTERMary Martin
Jornada Basin LTERGreg Maurer
Kellogg Biological Station LTERSven Bohm
Konza Prairie LTERYang Xia
LTER Network
LTER Network Communications OfficeMatt Jones, Julien Brun
Luquillo LTER
McMurdo Dry Valleys LTERRenée F. Brown
Mo'orea Coral Reef LTERM Gastil-Buhl
Niwot Ridge LTERSarah Elmendorf
North Temperate Lakes LTERCorinna Gries
Northeast U.S. ShelfStace Beaulieu
Northern Gulf of AlaskaChris Turner
Palmer Antarctica LTERJames Conners
Plum Island Ecosystems LTERHap Garritt
Santa Barbara Coastal LTERLi Kui
Sevilleta LTERKris Hall
Virginia Coast Reserve LTERJohn Porter