The next generation of site-based long-term ecological monitoring: Linking essential biodiversity variables and ecosystem integrity.

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Global change effects on biodiversity and human wellbeing call for improved long-term environmental data as a basis for science, policy and decision making, including increased interoperability, multifunctionality, and harmonization. Based on the example of two global initiatives, the International Long-Term Ecological Research (ILTER) network and the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON), we propose merging the frameworks behind these initiatives, namely ecosystem integrity and essential biodiversity variables, to serve as an improved guideline for future site-based long-term research and monitoring in terrestrial, freshwater and coastal ecosystems. We derive a list of specific recommendations of what and how to measure at a monitoring site and call for an integration of sites into co-located site networks across individual monitoring initiatives, and centered on ecosystems. This facilitates the generation of linked comprehensive ecosystem monitoring data, supports synergies in the use of costly infrastructures, fosters cross-initiative research and provides a template for collaboration beyond the ILTER and GEO BON communities.
  • Authors

  • Haase, Peter
  • Tonkin, Jonathan D
  • Stoll, Stefan
  • Burkhard, Benjamin
  • Frenzel, Mark
  • Geijzendorffer, Ilse R
  • Häuser, Christoph
  • Klotz, Stefan
  • Kühn, Ingolf
  • McDowell, William
  • Mirtl, Michael
  • Müller, Felix
  • Musche, Martin
  • Penner, Johannes
  • Zacharias, Steffen
  • Schmeller, Dirk S
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • February 1, 2018
  • Published In

    Keywords

  • Biodiversity
  • Decision Making
  • EBV
  • Ecosystem
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Environmental Policy
  • LTER
  • Long‐term ecosystem research
  • Research infrastructure
  • Site networks
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 29898505
  • Start Page

  • 1376
  • End Page

  • 1384
  • Volume

  • 613-614