Journal: Science of the Total Environment
Haase P.*, Tonkin J.D., Stoll S., Burkharde B., Frenzelg M., Geijzendorffer I.R., Häuser C., Klotzg S., Kühng I., McDowell W.H., Mirtl M., Müllern F., Muscheg M., Pennerj J., Zacharias S., Schmeller D.S.
* Corresponding author: Peter Haase (contact)
Global change effects on biodiversity and human wellbeing call for improved long-termenvironmental data as a basis for science, policy and decision making, including increased interoperability, multifunctionality, and harmonization. Based on the example of two global initiatives, the International Long-Term Ecological Research (ILTER) network and theGroup on Earth Observations Biodiversity ObservationNetwork (GEO ON), we propose merging the frameworks behind these initiatives, namely ecosystem integrity and essential biodiversity variables, to serve as an improved guideline for future site-based long-term research and monitoring in terrestrial, freshwater and coastal ecosystems. We derive a list of specific recommendations of what and how to measure at a monitoring site and call for an integration of sites into co-located site networks across individual monitoring initiatives, and centered on ecosystems. This facilitates the generation of linked comprehensive ecosystem monitoring data, supports synergies in the use of costly infrastructures, fosters cross-initiative research and provides a template for collaboration beyond the ILTER and GEO BON communities.
Full bibliographical reference:
Haase P., Tonkin J.D., Stoll S., Burkharde B., Frenzelg M., Geijzendorffer I.R., Häuser C., Klotzg S., Kühng I., McDowell W.H., Mirtl M., Müllern F., Muscheg M., Pennerj J., Zacharias S., Schmeller D.S. 2017. The next generation of site-based long-term ecological monitoring: Linking essential biodiversity variables and ecosystem integrity. Science of the Total Environment 613–614:1376–1384. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.08.11