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Ecology Network (GTN-E)
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In 1997, the 12 original members of GT-net established the GTN ecology network at a meeting of experts on ecological networks. Envisioned as an umbrella network linking like-minded ecological efforts, the group collaborates with GTOS on projects ranging from the Net Primary Productivity demonstration project (NPP) and the future biodiversity TEMS module. Each member represents a different focus within the ecology observation realm, thus enforcing an overall effort for comprehensive, harmonized data on ecological change.

The members are:

  • Arab Centre for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD)
    ACSAD is a regional center for research and studies pertaining to the development of the arid and semi-arid areas of the Arab World. It was established in Damascus, Syria, in 1971 within the framework of the League of Arab States.
  • Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP);
    AMAP researches the status of threats to the Arctic environment and provides scientific advice to Arctic governments.
  • Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (CERN);
    The CERN network contains 29 field stations in China that observes a range of ecological fields including agriculture, forests, grasslands, freshwater and marine ecosystems.
  • Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR);
    CGIAR's projects focus on scientific advancement as a means to increase agricultural productivity in over 100 countries, thus decreasing hunger, poverty and nutrition problems.
  • Integrating Worldwide CO2 Flux Measurements (FLUXNET);
    A global network of 150 micrometeorological tower sites that use eddy covariance methods to measure the exchanges of carbon dioxide (CO2), water vapor, and energy between terrestrial ecosystem and atmosphere.
  • International Cooperative Programme on Integrated Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Ecosystem (ICP IM); This network focuses on determining and predicting the impact of air pollutants, particularly nitrogen and sulphur, on terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems.
  • International Long-Term Ecological Research (ILTER) network;
    This network is focused on coordinating and linking the efforts of long-term ecological observation systems worldwide.
  • Réseau d'Observatoires de Surveillance Ecologique à Long Terme (ROSELT);
    ROSELT provides multi-disciplinary (soil, vegetation, water resources, biodiversity, climate, and socio-economic) data collected in a wide range of ecosystems, land uses, and geographical coverage. It has a particular focus on Africa.
  • UK Environmental Change Network (ECN);
    Also a worldwide ecological observation system, ECN has developed climate change and water quality indicators.
  • US Long-term Ecological Research Networks (LTER);
    This observation system represents the United States component of the larger ILTER project.
  • Worldwide Network of Biosphere Reserves (MAB-BR)
    Biosphere reserves are areas of terrestrial and coastal ecosystems promoting solutions to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use.

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