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Challenges in coupling LTER with environmental assessments: An insight from potential and reality of the Chinese Ecological Research Network in servicing environment assessments
Xia, Shaoxia1; Liu, Yu1; Yu, Xiubo1; Fu, Bojie2
2018-08-15
Source PublicationSCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT
ISSN0048-9697
Volume633Pages:1302-1313
Corresponding AuthorLiu, Yu(liuyu@igsnrr.ac.cn)
AbstractEnvironmental assessments estimate, evaluate and predict the consequences of natural processes and human activities on the environment. Long-term ecosystem observation and research networks (LTERs) are potentially valuable infrastructure to support environmental assessments. However, very few environmental assessments have successfully incorporated them. In this study, we try to reveal the current status of coupling LTERs with environmental assessments and look at the challenges involved in improving this coupling through exploring the role that Chinese Ecological Research Network (CERN), the LTER of China, currently plays in regional environment assessments. A review of official protocols and standards, regional assessments and CERN researches related to ecosystems and environment shows that there is great potential for coupling CERN with environment assessments. However in practice, CERN does not currently play the expected role. Remote sensing and irregular inventory data are still the main data sources currently used in regional assessments. Several causes led to the present situation: (1) insufficient cross-site research and failure to scale up site-level variables to the regional scale; (2) data barriers resulting from incompatible protocols and low data usability due to lack of data assimilation and scaling; and (3) absence of indicators relevant to human activities in existing monitoring protocols. For these reasons, enhancing cross-site monitoring and research, data assimilation and scaling up are critical steps required to improve coupling of LTER with environmental assessments. Site-focused long-term monitoring should be combined with wide-scale ground surveys and remote sensing to establish an effective connection between different environmental monitoring platforms for regional assessments. It is also necessary to revise the current monitoring protocols to include human activities and their impacts on the ecosystem, or change the LTERs into Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research (LTSER) networks. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
KeywordChinese Ecological Research Network (CERN) Ecosystem and environmental assessment Long-term observation network Terrestrial ecosystems Aquatic ecosystems
DOI10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.03.284
WOS KeywordTERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEM CARBON ; TIBETAN PLATEAU ; CLIMATE-CHANGE ; LOESS PLATEAU ; GLOBAL PATTERNS ; ALPINE MEADOW ; LAND-USE ; SOIL ; BIODIVERSITY ; VEGETATION
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectS&T project of Chinese Academy of Sciences[KFJ-SW-STS-167] ; National Natural Science Foundation[41390464]
Funding OrganizationS&T project of Chinese Academy of Sciences ; National Natural Science Foundation
WOS Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS SubjectEnvironmental Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000432475300127
PublisherELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/54879
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorLiu, Yu
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Synth Res Ctr Chinese Ecosyst Res Network, Key Lab Ecosyst Network Observat & Modelling, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Res Ctr Ecoenvironm Sci, State Key Lab Urban & Reg Ecol, Beijing 100085, Peoples R China
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Xia, Shaoxia,Liu, Yu,Yu, Xiubo,et al. Challenges in coupling LTER with environmental assessments: An insight from potential and reality of the Chinese Ecological Research Network in servicing environment assessments[J]. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT,2018,633:1302-1313.
APA Xia, Shaoxia,Liu, Yu,Yu, Xiubo,&Fu, Bojie.(2018).Challenges in coupling LTER with environmental assessments: An insight from potential and reality of the Chinese Ecological Research Network in servicing environment assessments.SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT,633,1302-1313.
MLA Xia, Shaoxia,et al."Challenges in coupling LTER with environmental assessments: An insight from potential and reality of the Chinese Ecological Research Network in servicing environment assessments".SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT 633(2018):1302-1313.
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