Vision and Concept

Israel Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) was founded in 1997 and currently includes 13 sites across the countries climate and demographic gradients. The network’s foci include: 1) establishment of a common theoretical framework (ecological integrity); 2) harmonization of data collection to facilitate cross-site research; and 3) the implementation and operation of new socio-ecological (LTSER) research platforms.

This agenda is aligned with the research activities of participating scientists, as well as with existing and developing collaborations with partners in the European LTER network. There are several scientific research projects at the LTER sites and LTSER platforms. Such projects include:
1. Quantification of variables of ecological integrity.
2. EcoPotential – Improving Future Ecosystem Benefits through Earth Observation.
3. Ecosystem integrity and self-organization of ecosystems and landscapes.
4. Critical zones.

LTER sites and LTSER platformsOperatorSite TypeSite contact
MeronINPAMediterraneanDr. Adwin Librija
Karei DesheMinistry of AgricultureAgricultureDr. Zalman Henkin (ARO)
Ramat HandivYad HandivMediterraneanLiat Hadar (Ramat Hanadiv)
KdoshimKKLForestDr. Yagil Osem (ARO)
Morris Kahn Marine Research StationHaifa UniversityAquaticestd.tchernov
NizanimINPAPrAgricultureofProf. Pua Bar (BGU)
GilatMinistry of AgricultureAgricultureDr. Eli Zaady (ARO)
YatirKKLForestProf. Dan Yakir (Weizmann)
Park ShakedKKLDesertDr. Shayli Dor-Haim (Adssc)
ShagririmKKLForestDr. Eli Argeman (ARO)
MattaTel Aviv UniversityMediterraneanMarcelo Sternberg (TAU)
AvdatBGU and HUForestProf. Arnon Karnieli (BGU)
RamonINPADesertDr. Elli Groner (Adssc)
Shita WadiKKLDesert Hyper aridDr. Elli Groner (Adssc)
LTSER Negev Highland PlatformDr. Noa Avni (Adssc)
LTSER Northern Negev PlatformProf. Moshe Shachak (BGU)
LTSER Arava PlatformDr. Jessica Schaeckermann (Adssc)