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LTER Key Research Findings

Among the many research results from LTER sites, some findings stand out as being particularly important to achieve the LTER goal of providing information to conserve, protect, and manage the nation's ecosystems. Short descriptions of key findings at each site emphasize the importance of long-term data in understanding the pace and pattern of ecological change.

Watching from Space (SBC LTER)
The relatively recent emergence of satellites to characterize the earth's surface has led to significant advances in the environmental sciences that affect our everyday life (witness, for example, Google Earth). The large spatial coverage obtained from satellites and aircraft enable regional and global comparisons at time [Ed’s note: don’t you mean geographic?] scales that would be near...
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Wave Impact (SBC LTER)
Scientists have long debated over which of two factors, resource availability (also called "bottom-up") or consumer pressure ("top-down"), holds more sway in controlling the structure and dynamics of natural communities. This debate has been more ardent in discussions about the shallow marine systems dominated by large kelps along the California coast. Scientists generally acknowledge that...
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Working Together (SBC LTER)
Classical approaches to fisheries stock assessment and thus management rely on methods that are expensive, time-consuming, and not conducive to managing data poor stocks. Moreover, many nearshore rocky reef species exhibit spatial variation in harvest pressure and demographic rates that further limiting traditional approaches to stock assessment. In response to these management challenges,...
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