Skip to main content

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network Office

The hub for synthesis research, education, and outreach activities across a set of 27 ecosystem research programs

The Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network is a set of 27 National Science Foundation-funded research programs located in a wide variety of ecosystems. Because this research relies on collaboration and years of data, NCEAS operates the LTER Network Office, which serves as a hub for LTER synthesis research, education, and outreach activities.

LTER research enables the long-view. Changes such as forest growth, desertification, the rebound of an endangered species, and sea-level rise happen over decades and can often have unpredictable effects. Studying how and why ecosystems change over the long term is essential to managing our natural resources sustainably and ensuring the health and prosperity of our communities.

The Network Office’s programs integrate the science conducted at the individual sites into a robust understanding of how diverse ecosystems function across space and over time. It also ensures scientists, educators, resource managers, and decision makers have greater awareness of and access to this valuable science.

Synthesis Working Groups

The Network Office periodically funds synthesis working groups to expand the scope of LTER science. These teams integrate insights from multiple ecosystems to generate a broader understanding, often with implications for management.

To get notifications of calls for proposals and other LTER news, subscribe to the LTER newsletter.

2017 Working Groups

2016 Working Groups