Richter et al., 2018 Biogeosciences Discussions: Elevating the biogeosciences within environmental research networks

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Monday, March 12, 2018 - 09:45

Abstract. Collaborations between biologists and geologists are key to understanding and projecting how landscapes function and change over time. Such collaborations are stimulated by on-going scientific developments, advances in instrumentation and technology, and the growing recognition that environmental problems necessitate interdisciplinary investigation. Here, we show how the biogeosciences are well placed to answer more completely the core questions that motivate the world's invaluable environmental research networks: specifically, the venerable Long Term Ecological Research networks (LTERs), the newer surveillance facilities of the Earth Observatory Networks (EONs including the USA's NEON), and the geosciences' interdisciplinary network of Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs). Because LTER and EON programs have been supported largely by ecological and biological communities and CZOs largely by the geological community, we assert that a concerted biogeoscience approach across these invaluable networks can benefit both their scientific productivity and usefulness to the wider public.

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