This manuscript, led by Dan Richter, was just submitted to Biogeosciences Discussions. The manuscript asserts that there are good historical and contemporary reasons to advance the biogeosciences across the world's long-term environmental networks, such as LTER and ILTER, EONs, NEON, and CZOs.
BGDiscussions is an open-access journal so you may both read and make short comments reacting to the manuscript as it is in review: https://www.biogeosciences-discuss.net/bg-2018-67/.
Elevating the biogeosciences within environmental research networks (PDF)
Abstract. Collaborations between biologists and geologists are key to understanding and projecting how landscapes function and change over time. Such collaborations are stimulated by on-going scientific developments, advances in instrumentation and technology, and the growing recognition that environmental problems necessitate interdisciplinary investigation. Here, we show how the biogeosciences are well placed to answer more completely the core questions that motivate the world's invaluable environmental research networks: specifically, the venerable Long Term Ecological Research networks (LTERs), the newer surveillance facilities of the Earth Observatory Networks (EONs including the USA's NEON), and the geosciences' interdisciplinary network of Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs). Because LTER and EON programs have been supported largely by ecological and biological communities and CZOs largely by the geological community, we assert that a concerted biogeoscience approach across these invaluable networks can benefit both their scientific productivity and usefulness to the wider public.
Citation: Richter, D. D., Billings, S. A., Groffman, P. M., Kelly, E. F., Lohse, K. A., McDowell, W. H., Riebe, C., Silver, W. L., White, T. S., Anderson, S., Brantley, S., Brecheisen, Z. S., Chadwick, O. A., Hartnett, H. E., Hobbie, S. E., Kazanski, C. E., Markewitz, D., O'Neill, K., Schroeder, P., and Thompson, A.: Elevating the biogeosciences within environmental research networks, Biogeosciences Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2018-67, in review, 2018.
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