Workshop to promote synthesis products from the EcoTrends project

This working group was broken into 5 (five) sub-working groups

Trends disturbance-April 8-9, 2009-Las Cruces, NM, Ariel Lugo was lead.–Final Report

Trends Writing Group-NPP/biodiversity-April 13-14, 2009-Las Cruces, NM, Alan Knapp was lead.–Final Report

Trends Socio-Econ-Not held

Trends Animals-May 11-12, 2009-San Diego, CA,Bob Waide was lead.–Final Report

Trends State Changes-May 1-2, 2009-Las Cruces, NM, Aaron Ellison was lead.–Final Report

Characterizing the nature of the LTER network

How does the LTER network in fact act as a functioning network? What properties of sites promote their contribution to network function? Answering these questions can help in decision making to (1) increase the integration of the US LTER network and (2) promote the LTER as a paradigm for scientific research coordination. We have begun addressing these questions before ASM 2006, and propose to continue and expand upon our earlier efforts. These efforts will accomplish the following objectives:

Collaborative Research on Desertification between the Jornada Basin and Mongolian LTER

The Jornada Basin and Mongolian LTER program both focus on desertification processes. Due to past contacts and an informal meeting with Dr. Chadraa (President of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences) at the LTER ASM, Jornada Basin scientists were invited by representatives of the Mongolian and Swiss governments to meet in Ulan Baatar with scientists and stakeholders in October 2006. This visit revealed the high value placed by these governments on understanding desertification processes and developing science-based strategies to mitigate its effects.