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

Trends in Long Term Ecological Data Working Group

Long term data are invaluable in both understanding the properties and dynamics of ecological systems as well as in forecasting future system dynamics. Trends in long term data are critical to the ability to: (1) distinguish temporal variability from directional changes, (2) relate changes in response variables to changes in drivers or other response variables, (3) relate changes in ecological dynamics with changes in socio-economic systems, (4) forecast future dynamics under changing climatic, disturbance, and landuse.

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: