LTER (Long Term Ecological Research Network)

Environmental factors play an important role in the biological function and distribution. Organisms on Earth are distributed according to climate characteristics, and climate has a lasting impact on the growth of plants and animals. Impacts of the global warming on biodiversity have been reported in many parts of the world. Changes in one species result in consecutive changes in other organism related to it, affecting the entire ecosystem.

Basic objective of the long-term ecological research is to monitor environmental changes due to climate change and track the consequences, to cope with the environmental issues that may arise now and in the future. It is difficult to explain the causal relationship between climate change and ecosystem changes through the harvest of data over a short period of time should be compared to short-term analysis of the data harvested for a short period of time but it is necessary to harvest and compare data for a long period of time.

What is K-Ecohub?

* K-Ecohub is a result of collaborative research with KISTI, Kyungpook National University and National Park Research Institute.

For long-term ecological researches, it is essential to have a system (Cyber Infrastructure) which can continuously harvest and manage the data about ecosystem changes. Countries around the world have been building a system that can continuously harvest and manage the monitoring data about the ecosystem changes for the long-term ecological researches.
K-Ecohub is an integrated repository for long-term ecological data in Korea.