Northern LTSER Platform - Finland
Northern LTSER Platform
Northern LTSER platform
Northern LTSER-platform constitutes a unique environmental transect from northern boreal forest landscapes to arctic tundra. The LTSER platform operates as a sensitive instrument to assess drivers, pressures and state of environment at multiple spatial scales both on nature and human systems and their interaction. The platform consists of two LTSER-areas (Kuusamo and Enontekiö) and additional LTER-sites (Universities' research stations Kilpisjärvi, Kevo, Oulanka and Värriö) and supportive facilities by research units of Finnish Forest Research Institute.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
The main aim of the Northern LTSER-platform is to pool research activities and monitoring data of northernmost research stations of Finland under four long-term research themes related to socio-ecological changes in Northern nature and communities. The connective factors of the research in consortium level are on the one hand northerness both in national and international level and on the other hand information management and data-sharing in the changing settings of scientific collaboration and infrastructures. The main study objectives involved in the Northern LTSER-platform are: i) to study population dynamics and productivity of populations living in northern and peripheral conditions; ii) to assess the effects of global change on northern ecosystems, iii) to study importance of the environment and environmental changes to livelihoods and people's welfare, and iv) to study the complexity and support the practice of information management within long-term socio-ecological research collaboration.
Affiliation and Network Specific Information