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U.S. Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER)

CZO Partner Organization

The Network's Strategic and Implementation Plan for 2011 summarizes the Network's 5-year goals and plans for Research, Education, Communication, Information Management, and Coordination with other Networks. Download document

LTER Network

  • The Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network is a collaborative effort involving more than 1800 scientists and students investigating ecological processes over long temporal and broad spatial scales
  • The Network promotes synthesis and comparative research across sites and ecosystems and among other related national and international research programs
  • The National Science Foundation established the LTER program in 1980 to support research on long-term ecological phenomena in the United States
  • The 26 LTER Sites represent diverse ecosystems and research emphases
  • The LTER Network Office coordinates communication, network publications, and research-planning activities