LTSER platforms as a place-based transdisciplinary research infrastructure: learning landscape approach through evaluation

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Angelstam , P , Manton , M , Elbakidze , M , Sijtsma , F , Adamescu , M C , Avni , N , Beja , P , Bezak , P , Zyablikova , I , Cruz , F , Bretagnolle , V , Díaz-Delgado , R , Ens , B , Fedoriak , M , Flaim , G , Gingrich , S , Lavi-Neeman , M , Medinets , S , Melecis , V , Muñoz-Rojas , J , Schäckermann , J , Stocker-Kiss , A , Setälä , H , Stryamets , N , Taka , M , Tallec , G , Tappeiner , U , Törnblom , J & Yamelynets , T 2019 , ' LTSER platforms as a place-based transdisciplinary research infrastructure: learning landscape approach through evaluation ' , Landscape Ecology , vol. 34 , no. 7 , pp. 1461-1484 .

Title: LTSER platforms as a place-based transdisciplinary research infrastructure: learning landscape approach through evaluation
Author: Angelstam, Per; Manton, Michael; Elbakidze, Marine; Sijtsma, Frans; Adamescu, Mihai Cristian; Avni, Noa; Beja, Pedro; Bezak, Peter; Zyablikova, Iryna; Cruz, Fatima; Bretagnolle, Vincent; Díaz-Delgado, Ricardo; Ens, Bruno; Fedoriak, Mariia; Flaim, Giovanna; Gingrich, Simone; Lavi-Neeman, Miri; Medinets, Sergey; Melecis, Viesturs; Muñoz-Rojas, Jose; Schäckermann, Jessica; Stocker-Kiss, Andrea; Setälä, Heikki; Stryamets, Natalie; Taka, Maija; Tallec, Gaelle; Tappeiner, Ulrike; Törnblom, Johan; Yamelynets, Taras
Contributor organization: Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Date: 2019-07
Language: eng
Number of pages: 24
Belongs to series: Landscape Ecology
ISSN: 1572-9761
Abstract: Context Place-based transdisciplinary research involves multiple academic disciplines and non-academic actors. Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research (LTSER) platform is one concept with similar to 80 initiatives globally.Objectives As an exercise in learning through evaluation we audited (1) the siting, construction and maintenance of individual LTSER platforms, and (2) them as a distributed infrastructure for place-based transdisciplinary research with focus on the European continent.MethodsFirst, we defined a normative model for ideal performance at both platform and network levels. Second, four surveys were sent out to the 67 self-reported LTSER platforms officially listed at the end of 2016. Third, with a focus on the network level, we analyzed the spatial distribution of both long-term ecological monitoring sites within LTSER platforms, and LTSER platforms across the European continent. Fourth, narrative biographies of 18 platforms in different stages of development were analyzed.ResultsWhile the siting of LTSER platforms represented biogeographical regions well, variations in land use history and democratic governance were not well represented. Platform construction was based on 2.1 ecological monitoring sites, with 72% ecosystem and 28% social system research. Maintenance of a platform required three to five staff members, focused mostly on ecosystem research, was based mainly on national funding, and had 1-2years of future funding secured. Networking with other landscape approach concepts was common.ConclusionsIndividually, and as a network, LTSER platforms have good potential for transdisciplinary knowledge production and learning about sustainability challenges. To improve the range of variation of Pan-European social-ecological systems we encourage interfacing with other landscape approach concepts.
Subject: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
Landscape approach
Learning through evaluation
Social-ecological system
Stakeholder engagement
Transdisciplinary research
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