Pugnetti, Alessandra and Acri, Francesco and Bernardi Aubry, Fabrizio and Camatti, Elisa and Cecere, Ester and Facca, Chiara and Franzoi, Piero and Keppel, Erica and Lugliè, Antonella Gesuina Laura and Mistri, Michele and Munari, Cristina and Padedda, Bachisio Mario and Petrocelli, Antonella and Pranovi, Fabio and Pulina, Silvia and Satta, Cecilia Teodora and Sechi, Nicola and Sfriso, Adriano and Sigovini, Marco and Tagliapietra, Davide and Torricelli, Pietro (2013) The Italian long-term ecosystem research (LTER-Italy) network: results, opportunities, and challenges for coastal transitional ecosystems. Transitional Waters Bulletin, Vol. 7 (1), p. 43-63. eISSN 1825-229X. Article.
1 - The Long-Term Ecosystem Research (LTER) network, now a global reality, was founded on a combination of long-term ecological studies, short-term experiments, and comparisons among sites and eco-domains.
2 - The LTER-Italy network was officially established as a formal member of the LTER international network in 2006, following a wider on-going process in Europe; it currently consists of 22 sites representing the main ecosystem typologies of Italy. Four coastal transitional ecosystem sites are included in the LTER-Italy network: on the northern Peninsula, these include the Venice Lagoon and
the lagoons of the Po River Delta, which are characterized by a temperate climate and the influence of tides; and in the southern sector, these include the coastal ecosystems of Sardinia and the Mar Piccolo of Taranto, which are characterized by a Mediterranean climate and the absence of sensible tides.
3 - In this paper, we present and discuss three main issues: the LTER-International and LTER-Europe
context, emphasising the most practical issues and activities that must be addressed for the effective
organization and maintenance of LTER networks; the history, structure, and perspectives of the national LTER-Italy network; and the opportunities, strengths, and weaknesses related to participation of the LTER-Italy network in the study of coastal transitional ecosystems.
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