Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Infrastructures: Challenges and Opportunities reveals how environmental research infrastructures (RIs) provide new valuable insights on ecological processes that cannot be realized by more traditional short-term funding cycles and are integral to understand our changing world. This book bonds the latest state-of-the-science knowledge on environmental RIs, the challenges in creating them, their place in addressing scientific frontiers, and the new perspectives they bear. Each chapter is thoughtfully invested with fresh viewpoints from the environmental RI vantage as the authors explore and explain many topics such as the rationale and challenges in global change, field and modeling platforms, new tools, challenges in data management, distilling information into knowledge, and new developments in large-scale RIs. This work serves an advantageous guide for academics and practitioners alike who aim to deepen their knowledge in the field of science and project management, and logistics operations.

section I|81 pages

Ecosystem Research Infrastructures

chapter 1|24 pages

Integrated Experimental Research Infrastructures

A Paradigm Shift to Face an Uncertain World and Innovate for Societal Benefit
ByAbad Chabbi, Henry W. Loescher, Mari R. Tye, David Hudnut

chapter 2|26 pages

National Ecological Observatory Network

Beginnings, Programmatic and Scientific Challenges, and Ecological Forecasting
ByHenry W. Loescher, Eugene F. Kelly, Russ Lea

chapter 3|29 pages

Field Phenotyping

Concepts and Examples to Quantify Dynamic Plant Traits across Scales in the Field
ByM. Pilar Cendrero-Mateo, Onno Muller, Hendrik Albrecht, Andreas Burkart, Simone Gatzke, Benedikt Janssen, Beat Keller, Niklas Körber, Thorsten Kraska, Shizue Matsubara, Jinquan Li, Mark Müller-Linow, Roland Pieruschka, Francisco Pinto, Pablo Rischbeck, Anke Schickling, Angelina Steier, Michelle Watt, Ulrich Schurr, Uwe Rascher

section II|81 pages

A New Generation of Controlled Environment, Field, and Modeling Platforms

chapter 4|36 pages

Advancing Understanding of Hydrological and Biogeochemical Interactions in Evolving Landscapes through Controlled Experimentation at the Landscape Evolution Observatory

ByAditi Sengupta, Luke A. Pangle, Till H. M. Volkmann, Katerina Dontsova, Peter A. Troch, Antonio A. Meira-Neto, Julia W. Neilson, Edward A. Hunt, Jon Chorover, Xubin Zeng, Joost van Haren, Greg A. Barron-Gafford, Aaron Bugaj, Nate Abramson, Michael Sibayan, Travis E. Huxman

chapter 5|18 pages

Quantifying Relationships between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function with Experiments

ByCharles A. Nock, Lander Baeten, Andy Hector, Kris Verheyen, Wolfgang W. Weisser, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen

chapter 6|26 pages

Frontiers of Ecosystem Modeling and Large-Scale Experiments

ByLifen Jiang, Jiang Jiang, Junyi Liang, Kevin R. Wilcox, Scott L. Collins, Alan K. Knapp, William T. Pockman, Melinda D. Smith, Yiqi Luo

section III|141 pages

New Tools to Meet New Challenges

chapter 7|28 pages

Large-Scale Sequence-Based Information: Novel Understanding of Ecology and Novel Avenues to Test Ecological Hypotheses

ByAchim Quaiser, Alexis Dufresne, Sophie Michon-Coudouel, Marine Biget, Philippe Vandenkoornhuyse

chapter 8|20 pages

Characterization of Biogeochemical Processes at the Microscale

Concepts and Applications of NanoSIMS
ByCarsten W. Mueller, Laurent Remusat, Cornelia Rumpel

chapter 9|22 pages

Climate Warming Experiments

Selecting the Appropriate Technique
ByHans J. De Boeck, Ivan Nijs

chapter 10|44 pages

Remote Sensing in the Reflective Spectrum

A Powerful and Applied Technology for Terrestrial Ecosystem Science
ByArnon Karnelli

chapter 11|25 pages

A Blueprint for a Distributed Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Infrastructure

ByHeye Bogena, Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen, Carsten Montzka, Harry Vereecken

section IV|122 pages

Data Management and Access

chapter 12|36 pages

Computational Challenges in Global Environmental Research Infrastructures

ByPaul Martin, Yin Chen, Alex Hardisty, Keith Jeffery, Zhiming Zhao

chapter 13|28 pages


Next-Generation Online Data and Information Infrastructure for the Ecological Science Community
ByDavid J. Turner, Anita K. Smyth, Craig M. Walker, Andrew J. Lowe

chapter 14|30 pages

Comprehensive and Coordinated Approach of GEOSS to Ecosystem Challenges

ByAntonello Provenzale, Stefano Nativi

section V|95 pages

Infrastructure Integration and Perspectives

chapter 16|22 pages

Australia’s Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network

A Network of Networks Approach to Building and Maintaining Continental Ecosystem Research Infrastructures
ByNicole Thurgate, Andrew J. Lowe, Timothy F. Clancy

chapter 17|20 pages

Community-Driven Efforts for Joint Development of Environmental Research Infrastructures

ByAri Asmi, Magdalena Brus, Sanna Sorvari

chapter 18|20 pages

Synthesis Centres

Their Relevance to and Importance in the Anthropocene
ByAlison Specht

chapter 19|16 pages

Role of Long-Term Experiments in Understanding Ecosystem Response to Global Change

ByH. Henry Janzen, Benjamin H. Ellert

chapter 20|16 pages

Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS)

An Infrastructure to Monitor the European Greenhouse Gas Balance
ByBert Gielen, Maarten Op de Beeck, Denis Loustau, Reinhart Ceulemans, Armin Jordan, Dario Papale