What is the Brazilian LTER?

 

The Brazilian Long Term Ecological Research consists of a national network of long term ecological research as to understand, organize and improve knowledge about composition, operation and changes in ecosystems. The main goal is to increase knowledge and create tools to assess biological diversity, by integrating research groups in a framework of information sharing and systematization.

Created in 1996 by the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development - CNPq and linked to the Integrated Ecology Program - PIE, the Brazilian LTER had its creation formalized and funds raised for 29 research sites after three funding efforts (1999, 2001 and 2009) (Figure 1). Thus Brazil became a member of the International Long Term Ecological Research - ILTER, bringing 48 countries together in order to understand changes in ecosystems around the world and increase ecological research network as well as the exchange of knowledge.



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