The International Long-Term Ecological Research (ILTER) consists of networks of scientists engaged in long-term, site-based ecological and socio-ecological research.

Since ILTER’s founding in 1993, global long-term ecological research programs have expanded rapidly, reflecting the increased appreciation of the importance of long-term research in assessing and resolving complex environmental issues to support societies around the globe to better respond to current grand challenges. 

At this time, fourty three member networks which have established formal LTER programs have joined the global ILTER network. In addition to these formal member networks, several other groups of scientists are actively pursuing the establishment of networks in the field of ecological and socio-ecological research..

The ILTER Coordinating Committee, the governing body of the ILTER Network, convenes annually at a meeting hosted by one of the Member Networks.


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