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									        RESULTS OF THE second European LTER
ILTER
             Scientific Site Coordinators (SSC)
                                   WORKshop
                               Ground truthing visions...


                                      LTER Europe Conference

                                  Donana, 22.-24 January 2008


                                             Michael Mirtl
                           Fed. Environment Agency, Austria




                                             Federal Environment Agency
        Session on standard
ILTER




           observations and
                parameters




                      Federal Environment Agency
                                                Method 1
ILTER

Each expert selected parameters he/she would list if asked for
 Parameters most used by himself and others
 Parameters that should be measured most urgently
The precondition was to think only of parameters, which
 in principle covered the parameter groups as proposed at the
  NNRC 21.1.2008
 referred to the site level
1-2 parameters should be listed belonging to the following groups,
  respectively:
 Structural parameter
 Functional parameter
 Pressure parameter (either abiotic or biotic)




                                                  Federal Environment Agency
                                                         Method 2
ILTER
   The „most used“ parameter were written on blue
    cards
   The „most desireable“ parameters were written on
    white cards
   On the floor of the conference room the following
    two axes were marked on the floor:
           Availability: current availability for data on this parameter
           Feasability: technical and implementation feasability
   The participants then put their parameters in the
    right position (sectors) of this 2-dimensional graph
    on the floor



                                                           Federal Environment Agency
                      Method 3
  ILTER
          high




low                     AVAILABILITY
                                high




          FEASABILITY low
                       Federal Environment Agency
                                           Method 3
ILTER
   The cards were thematically grouped within each
    sectors, counted and removed
   A few cards reamained as, mostly project-specific
    „noise“, on the floor and finally removed (indication
    of sector again)
   The result are parameter groups in each sector,
    representing the judgement of the present experts
    alongside the categories „available“ high/low and
    „feasable“ high/low




                                            Federal Environment Agency
                 Brainstorming and categorizing
ILTER   sector                parameter           counts

          1      atmospheric depositon (total)             6

          1      land cover pattern                        6
          1      land use                                  6

          1      ozone                                      4
          1      alien species                              3
          1      community (structure)                      3
          1      light availability                         1
          1      soil properties and quality                1
          2      plant species composition                20
          2      basic meteorology                        17
          2      soil chemistry and condition             14
          2      biomass/ NPP                             12
          2      vegetation structure                     11
          2      atmospheric deposition                     9
                                                 Federal Environment Agency
             4 sections divided by availability and
          feasability axis, score>8 marked yellow
  ILTER
                           high




low                                             AVAILABILITY
                                                        high




                           FEASABILITY low
                                         Federal Environment Agency
          Merging evidently overlapping/identical
                                 groups („PLUS“)
  ILTER

                         high




low                                           AVAILABILITY
                                                      high




                         FEASABILITY low
                                       Federal Environment Agency
      Multiple listings in different sectors represent different
       parameters of the group and differences in subjective
                                                      judgment
  ILTER
                                   high




low                                                     AVAILABILITY
                                                                high




                                   FEASABILITY low
                                                 Federal Environment Agency
          Multiple listings: one more...
  ILTER
           high




low                             AVAILABILITY
                                        high




           FEASABILITY low
                         Federal Environment Agency
          Multiple listings in different sectors all indicated by
                      matching colours in the „counts“ column
  ILTER
                                    high




low                                                      AVAILABILITY
                                                                 high




                                    FEASABILITY low
                                                  Federal Environment Agency
          Preliminary conclusions from session on
ILTER          standard observations/parameters

   A few groups of parameters are obviously important,
    available and feasable, so they could be recommended
    immediately (partially down to the parameter level)
   These underpin the applicability of the list proposed by the
    Standard Observations group (Petriccione et al.), now
    underpinned by a set of concrete parameters
   The interaction between long-term ecosystem monitoring
    (LTEM) and LTER needs to be scrutinized in more detail
   It might be, that the discussion about standard parameters
    results in a recommendation related to the selection of
    further LTER sites in the sense, that they shall be located in
    close proximity to or even overlap with sites of existing
    monitoring (LTEM) schemes.


                                                     Federal Environment Agency
        Preliminary conclusions from session on
ILTER        standard observations/parameters


   The SSCC is not ready to decide on standards on
    the parameter level (beyond item 1)
   The SSCC will continue working on the issue
    throughout the week
   The SSCC will how the outcome needs to be
    communicated outside LTER-Europe and to the
    LTER-Europe community
   The aquatic group needs input from more experts




                                         Federal Environment Agency
            Work plan for Thursday and Friday
  ILTER

9:30 - Introduction
    Overview of progress
    Revision of agenda
    Self-presentation of participants attending the first time
10:15 - Results of WG on SSCC structuring and services (incl.
  discussion)
11:00 - Break
11:15 - Results of WG on standard parameters (incl. discussion)
12:00 – Interface with networks and programmes related to LTER
  (-> „LTEM“): completion of list & key contacts
12:15 – Parallel WGs: LTSER, Information Management or one
  alternative
13:30 – Lunch
15:00 – Report of WGs (LTSER, ?information management)
16:00 – Programme of Work, Division of tasks, Time plan
17:00 – Decision on required WGs and planning teams on Friday
18:00 – Closing of the meeting
                                                           Federal Environment Agency
        The environment of developing SSCC further
ILTER




             National Networks
         Representatives Conference
                   (NNRC)

                Co-ordinating
                 Committee                            Structure?
                    (CC)                              Governance?



                        EC
                                      Scientific Site Co-ordinator
                                          Conference (SSCC)




                                                           Federal Environment Agency
                  Proposed structure for SSCC
ILTER




LTER – site LTER manager (numbers refer to the
  number of cards which mentioned this skill)
 Data management - 12
 Structure builder - 9
 Recognised scientist - 9
 Communication monster - 7
 Secure position - 6
 Networked - 5
 Locally oriented – 4


LTSER- platform manager
 Scientific generalist - 16
 Manager in power - 12
 Well informed i.e. connected/networked - 9
 Experienced in data management - 6
 Communicative - 5
                                               Federal Environment Agency
                                                Proposed structure for SSCC
          ILTER                                                                      LTER – site LTER manager (numbers refer to the number of cards
                                                                                                 which mentioned this skill)
                                                                                                Data management - 12
                                                                                                Structure builder - 9
                                                                                                Recognised scientist - 9
                                                                                                Communication monster - 7
                                                                                                Secure position - 6
                                                                                                Networked - 5
                                                                                                Locally oriented – 4

                                                                                     LTSER- platform manager


                                                   LTER-Europe
                                                                                                Scientific generalist - 16
                                                                                                Manager in power - 12
                                                                                                Well informed i.e. connected/networked - 9
                                                                                                Experienced in data management - 6



                                                   Expert panels
                                                                                                Communicative - 5




                                          (including ALTER WPs and other
                                                   expert groups)




Communic Technology Info Manag Res.Agenda
               Harmonisat               LTSER        Site-Manag             Networking in the
                                                                            WEB (Fora, Contacts)
                                                                            Networking at
                            Structure of SSC                                meetings
                              Conferences                                   -- Participants profiles
                                                                            according to Infobase, LTER
? Scientific
LTER Conf.




                                                                            contact database,
                  Plenary



                              Plenary




                                                           Plenary
                                                Plenary




                                                                            registration information
                                                                     NNRC
                                                                      CC
                                                                            -- New information in
                                                                            Infobase: Fotos of site co-
                                                                            ordinators, site
                                                                            presentations
                                                                                    Federal Environment Agency

								
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