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Long-Term Ecosystem
Research in Latvia


ILTER is a global ‘network of networks’ of research sites located in a wide array of ecosystems worldwide that can help understand long term environmental changes across globe. Latvia is a member of International Long Term Ecological Research (ILTER) network and Europe Long Term Ecological Research member network (EUROPE LTER).

National LTER network of Latvia is supported by the Council of Sciences of Latvia. It consists of two terrestrial sites (Mazsalaca pine forest ecosystems, Randu meadows), two freshwater sites (Salaca river, Riga HPS reservoir), one marine site and one LT(S)ER (Long Term Socioecological Research) platform (Drainage basin of the Lake Engure).

Objectives of studies:
  • Effects of climate warming on species diversity of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems;
  • Long term effects of human influence and ecosystem management practice on communities and ecosystems of Latvia;
  • Providing data on the state of ecosystems of Latvia for governmental environment protection institutions;
  • Support to environmental education at universities, schools and whole society level.
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