Portugal (LTER Portugal)

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Portugal has a highly diverse landscape and a wide range of terrestrial, marine and coastal habitats, partly resulting from its location in the transition zone between the Atlantic and Mediterranean bioclimatic domains. Besides climatic and geological processes that promoted such diversity, environmental drivers of diversification include spatial heterogeneity of biotic agents relatively to which the long history of human occupation had a significant role by inducing major changes in the natural ecosystems and shaping the current landscape. In these anthropogenic landscapes, perceptions about services provided by ecosystems can affect ecosystem structure and function and are central to understand sustainability. Coordinated research networking within and across landscapes experiencing various levels of human influence, direct or indirect, is a great challenge and the framework of LTER-Portugal network. This network, implemented by SPECO (Portuguese Ecological Society), will be developed in the scope of the Iberian Peninsula in close collaboration with the Spanish Association of Terrestrial Ecology. This project is supported by the Foundation for Science and Technology.


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biology Researched by 11 sites
ecology Researched by 11 sites
chemistry Researched by 7 sites
biodiversity Researched by 7 sites
social sciences Researched by 7 sites
land use history Researched by 6 sites
silviculture Researched by 6 sites
water chemistry Researched by 6 sites
conservation Researched by 6 sites
plant ecology Researched by 6 sites
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ecosystem parameter Researched by 10 sites
biological parameter Researched by 9 sites
atmospheric parameter Researched by 7 sites
wind speed Researched by 6 sites
air humidity Researched by 6 sites
precipitation intensity Researched by 6 sites
air temperature Researched by 6 sites
ecosystem structure Researched by 5 sites
landscape composition Researched by 5 sites
faunistic diversity Researched by 5 sites




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