Developing Protocols for Cross-Site Research on Local Ecological Knowledge and Social-Ecological Systems
The Maps and Local (MALS) project is a collaborative effort to develop common methods for research on social-ecological systems at the LTER network scale. (http://www.lter.uaf.edu/bnz_MALS.cfm)
Eleven sites have been funded to participate in MALS under the social science supplement for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011; another four sites are participating using other resources.
Cross-Site Synthesis between CCE, MCR and SBC: Working group to develop comparative regional ocean modeling effort
We propose a new synthesis effort between the California Current Ecosystem (CCE) LTER, the Mo’orea Coral Reef (MCR) LTER and the Santa Barbara Channel (SBC) LTER to incorporate regional modeling of physical processes around islands in both the tropical Pacific and California Current regions.
While these LTERs are focused on two vastly different oceanic regions, they each contain a number of small islands that interfere with larger-scale ocean circulation by producing wakes, trapped circulation patterns and other island topographic effects.
The workshop develop and submited an NSF proposal to OCE (decision early in 2012):
The Influence of Precipitation Variability on Diversity and Composition of North American Grasslands
We propose to organize a working group that will analyze and synthesize long-term data on the relationship between precipitation variability and the structure of North American (NA) grassland plant communities.
This project will build on prior LTER-related synthetic efforts that have evaluated the response of aboveground net primary productivity (ANPP) to precipitation variability [1-2] and the relationships among ANPP, plant community composition and resource availability [3-7] in NA grasslands.
This proposed effort will “stimulate cross-site and Network-level synthesis” by addressing issues of collaboration within the LTER network. Scientific synthesis should be promoted as we better understand the nature of that collaboration.
The concept that the LTER program works as a network of interacting sites and scientists is grounded in the earliest documents of the US LTER (Callahan 1984) through the most recent decadal plan (US LTER 2007).
The initiatives proposed in recent documents (US LTER 2007) cannot be achieved without this interaction.
An update to the LTER network bibliography since 2006.
An updated and more accurate bibliographic database for 1981-2006.
“The Evolution of Collaboration Among Researchers in the Long Term Ecological Research Network.” Sunbelt XXXII Conference for the International Network for Social Network Analysis in March 2012, Redondo Beach, CA.
A Data Synthesis Working Group: Disappearing Snow in the Western US: Ecosystem Implications for the Rain-Snow Transition Zone
Introduction and Goals:
In the Western US mountain regions, winter temperature increases will lead to the reduction and even loss of winter snowpacks.
A shift from snow to rain-dominated systems will alter seasonal patterns of streamflow, soil moisture, soil temperature, etc. affecting a myriad of ecosystem processes.
This proposed work will develop a working group and fund a student to aggregate and synthesize data relevant to the ecosystem implications of disappearing snow in the rain-snow transition of the Western US.
“Collaborative Research: Waning Winters: Biotic Impacts of Changing Climate and Disturbance Regimes on Cold Lands Ecosystems from Stand to Cross-‐regional Scales”. Macrosystems NSF
White paper entitled:
“When Winter Wanes: Biotic Impacts of Changing Climate and Disturbance Regimes on Seasonally Snow-covered Ecosystems from the Watershed to Continental Scale”.