LTER Sweden is a network of Swedish field stations conducting environmental research and monitoring. There are currently 20 LTER stations in Sweden.
LTER Sweden in a nutshell
LTER Sweden is based on a number of established and running instrumented stations for ecological research and monitoring. It is an open network and all Swedish research stations that fulfill some basic requirements are welcome to apply for membership, the Swedish LTER network provides its members opportunities for national and international cooperation, and access to state-of-the-art infrastructures for ecological field research through the European LTER network. LTER Sweden was founded in June 2010.
Specific aims of LTER Sweden
The LTER Sweden network should:
- reinforce Swedish environmental research and assessment by building capacity for data sharing and research cooperation between long-term monitoring and research stations and their associates.
- provide scientists with opportunities for research and environmental assessment at greater spatial and temporal scales than possible with data from one individual monitoring station.
- encourage grant applications for research and environmental assessment activities not possible to conduct without the Swedish LTER network or international cooperation with other LTER organisations.
- encourage new research areas and multidisciplinary research emerging from the network structure.
- Abisko forskningsstation: Magnus Augner (Swedish Polar Research Secretariat)
- Aneboda: Pernilla Rönnback (SLU)
- Asa: Wilhelm Lönnqvist (SLU)
- Bolmen: Juha Rankinen (Sydvatten)
- Erken: Silke Langenheder (Uppsala University)
- Gammtratten: Pernilla Rönnback (SLU)
- Grimsö viltforskningsstation: Gunnar Jansson (Grimsö/SLU)
- Gårdsjöns IM-område: Pernilla Rönnback (SLU)
- Himmerfjärden-Askö-Landsortsdjupet: Tina Elfwing (Stockholm University)
- Kindla: Pernilla Rönnback (SLU)
- Lönnstorp: Johannes Albertsson (SLU)
- Röbäcksdalen: Johanna Wallsten (SLU)
- Siljansfors: Ola Langvall (SLU)
- Skogaryd: Nina Kirchner (University of Gothenburg)
- Svartberget: Charlotta Erefur (SLU)
- Tarfala: Nina Kirchner (Stockholm University)
- Tönnersjöheden: Martin Goude (SLU)
- Vindelfjällens forskningsstation: Torleif Eriksson (County Administrative Board Västerbotten)
- Örefjärden: Johan Wikner (Umeå Marine Sciences Centre and Umeå University)
LTER Sweden is one of 26 national networks belonging to the pan-European LTER network LTER Europe. Altogether, about 450 sites across Europe are included. Globally, LTER Europe is organised under the international organisation International LTER (ILTER).
The LTER network is comprised of relatively small scale ecological field stations and more extensive LTSER platforms (Long Term Socio-Ecological Research) which also include also the influence of the local human society on nature. LTER Sweden has 18 LTER stations.
LTER Sweden is coordinated by Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Ulf Grandin is coordinator.
To further reinforce Swedish ecosystem research, LTER Sweden cooperates with the SITES research infrastructure SITES, and all SITES stations are also members in LTER Sweden.
Organisation of the LTER Sweden network
The Swedish network is built on a bottom-up principle. Individual stations form the basis of the network and a central secretariat coordinates national activities and contacts with the European and International mother LTER organisations. The secretariat handles routine issues and is responsible for e.g. organising the annual meeting, maintaining the web site, updates and contacts with ILTER, LTER Europe, end users and stakeholders.
Get involved: LTER Sweden network and eLTER Sites and Platforms Forum
National LTER coordination teams are key contacts and pivots for the respective national processes. Active engagement in national LTER network is critical for feeding into the concepts and decision making at eLTER level.
Sites and Platforms Forum (SPF) is a specific platform for eLTER Sites and Platform coordinators (SPCs) for communication and exchange directly with the eLTER team engaged in the European process or for establishing joint activities (e.g. training) as a peer group across countries.