Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER)

The long term ecological research network (lter) was born as a result of a series of workshops sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore the nature of collaborative research within the environmental sciences. Researchers may apply for funding and network membership for a center where meaningful ecological research can take place.

The LTER's mission is to provide the scientific community, policy makers, and society with the knowledge necessary to conserve, protect, and manage the nation's ecosystems, their biodiversity, and the services they provide. It envisages a world in which exemplary science contributes to the advancement of the health, productivity, and welfare of the global environment that, in turn, advances the health, prosperity, welfare, and security of the United States.

The NSF funds the LTER. Consequently, ...

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