LTER Site Tyrolean Alps 

Ecological long term research, LTER in a narrower sense, started in the 80ies of the last century in the United States resulting from the necessity to understand, analyze and document processes, patterns, and phenomena of ecosystems. It has been recognized that (i) the temporal dimension of patterns and processes exceed the usual time span of projects of 3-5 years, (ii) the spatial dimension of processes cannot be projected onto a single site, and (iii) that comparable methods and approaches are a prerequisite for up-scaling.

Based on this awareness the National Science Foundation started to support a network in the early 1980ies. Since then long data series could be generated based on the same methodology at different sites, allowing to do cross site comparisons. This network was so successful that an international network evolved which is now active in more than 40 countries.

The Institute of Ecology at Innsbruck University is aware of the fact that long-term ecological research is at the base of all ecological research. The Institute is active in long-term research and offers scientists ecological time series of the past 40 years. For this reason, the Institute of Ecology is a core member of the research platform ‘Tyrolean Alps’ collaborating with the research network LTER-Austria.



Details of Institute of Ecology-sites : 

 stubai_kleinStubai Valley    gossenkoellesee_kleinGossenköllesee  piburgersee_kleinPiburger See 

Link to other sites of the platform:

  Alpine Research Centre Obergurgl