ILTER e-Newsletter
November 2020 I Volume 1 I Issue 5
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Science in Action
The airborne remote-sensing platform supports long-term environmental research: SAEON
By Sean Bailey and Tommy Bornman, SAEON Elwandle Node
The airborne remote-sensing platform is a new initiative of the Shallow Marine and Coastal Research Infrastructure (SMCRI) managed by the SAEON Elwandle Node. Based in Port Elizabeth, the platform comprises a single-engine high-wing light aircraft, a Glasair Sportsman, equipped with complex sensory equipment for aerial surveys.
More details available here
ILTER Networks Activities
2020 ILTER Coordinating Committee meeting took place virtually
Coordinating committee (CC) meeting is a regular business meeting of ILTER, that is held once every year by the coordinators of every ILTER's member network to review, discuss and plan various ILTER activities. Since we couldn’t have a face-to-face meeting this year due to COVID-19 crisis, the virtual CC meeting took place on November 11-12, 2020. Although meeting time was limited (two hours in each day), we were able to share several wonderful activity reports of committees and regional networks (such as East Asia and Pacific and Europe). Also, there were productive discussions virtually for regional activities and planning for the Open Science Meeting 2022 in China.
Released: ILTER Strategic Plan 2020-2030   
We are pleased to inform our colleagues that the ILTER Strategic Plan (SP) 2020-2030 document has been released officially during the 2020 ILTER Coordinating Committee Meeting (virtual), November 11-12, 2020.
The major highlight of the ILTER SP are: 
  •  Vision, mission, and challenges
  •  Goals and the related field of activities (FoA)
  •  ILTER operations and operational plans
Please note: The strategic plan will be downloadable from the ILTER website shortly.
The LTSER-Chile network lanchued New website : LTSER-Chile
The LTSER-Chile network has expanded and it is now integrated by six new sites, this is very exciting as we are currently covering 4,000 km of along Chile, including marine ecosystems. The sites bring new disciplinary approaches and ways of understanding socio-ecological dynamics and this is all represented in the two-years-old LTSER-Chile Foundation and its new website.
More details available here
Transnational Access (TA) and Remote Access (RA) within eLTER PLUS: First call for proposals: eLTER
The H2020 project eLTER PLUS provides opportunities to perform research focussed on a selection of eLTER sites handpicked for the purpose of small to medium scale ecological and socio-ecological projects. All sites included in the scheme are equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation to enable comprehensive ecological measurement and experimental campaigns. The first call for access to the well-equipped eLTER Sites is now open! The call offers access to 44 sites in 20 countries, mostly in Europe, but also welcomes researchers outside of Europe to participate! Scientists working in the areas of biodiversity, biogeochemistry, hydrology or socio-ecological research are encouraged to participate in the call, which will be closed on 23 December 2020.

The call provides two types of access: the option Transnational Access (TA) enables in-person visits (e.g. to collect and analyse data), whereas Remote Access (RA) enables the “remote users” to specify what activities could be implemented on their behalf by the local teams. eLTER PLUS promotes both approaches but due to possible COVID-related travel restrictions, at present, a focus on RA is recommended.
More details available here
ILTER, is a Network of Networks
The International Long Term Ecological Research Network, ILTER, is a network of networks, encompassing hundreds of research sites located in a wide array of ecosystems that can help understand environmental change across the globe. ILTER's focus is on long-term, site-based research, and monitoring.

ILTER members are mostly national networks of scientists engaged in long-term, site-based ecological and socio-economic research (known as LTER or LTSER).
More details available here
Explore the ILTER Resources: DEIMS-SDR
DEIMS-SDR (Dynamic Ecological Information Management System - Site and dataset registry) is an information management system that allows you to discover long-term ecosystem research sites around the globe, along with the data gathered at those sites and the people and networks associated with them.
Details about the DEMIS-SDR system: Christoph Wohner, 2019
ILTER Site accreditation : Ikawa forest station - JaLTER 
More details available here
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Amit Batar | ILTER IMO officer
ILTER International Management office (IMO)
International Long Term Ecology Research Network (ILTER)
Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

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