With more than two dozen sites participating in the Network within the United States, rapidly advancing technology, and a growing collaboration with over 25 countries participating in the International Long Term Ecological Research (ILTER) network, the complexity of facilitating collaborations among sites and maintaining supporting infrastructure has created great challenges and an even greater need for a strong and dedicated Network Office.
Mission: To provide a central point of contact and collective expertise to support the objectives of the LTER Network by:
Providing an efficient computational and communication infrastructure
Developing and deploying state-of-the-art techniques in information management
Maintaining a strong public outreach program
Coordinating interactions with other scientific networks, agencies, and entities
Providing administrative support
Contributing to an efficient and effective environment in which site, cross-site, and synthetic research and education can be conducted.
Location: The LTER Network Office is housed at the University of New Mexico (UNM). The Office is contracted, through UNM, with NSF to provide support and coordination functions for the entire LTER Network. The formal contracting agreement is called the Cooperative Agreement and contains detailed requirements for accomplishing the mission of the Office (in support of the overall LTER vision, mission, goals and objectives).