Long-term ecological research in Australia: innovative approaches for future benefits

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Title Long-term ecological research in Australia: innovative approaches for future benefits
Author Hero, Jean-Marc; Castley, Guy; Malone, Mikalah Mae; Lawson, Ben Eric; Magnusson, William E.
Journal Name Australian Zoologist
Editor Daniel Lunney
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
Abstract PPBio (Program for Planned Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research) is a system for long-term ecological research designed to answer integrated multidisciplinary research questions. The system is based on permanent plots (terrestrial and aquatic) that are systematically spaced in grids (e.g. 5 km x 5 km) and modules (e.g. 5 km x 1 km) within a hierarchical long-term ecological research (LTER) network. Modules and grids sample biodiversity and biophysical variation in an unbiased manner across the landscape. Infrastructure includes permanent plots that follow contour lines (survey lines with all measurements recorded on the horizontal plane) which facilitates orthorectification and validation of satellite imagery. All research data and accompanying metadata collected are stored and are publicly available to facilitate ongoing integrated multidisciplinary research at local, meso, landscape and global scales. The PPBio system was designed to overcome the problems of idiosyncratic designs and incompatible data arising from 'stand alone' research projects, which are difficult to integrate or continue through time. The sampling design and data sharing arrangements are structured so that PPBio sites serve as hubs for research, building long-term datasets that integrate studies within and among sites, providing the information necessary to understand and respond to complex and dynamic environmental issues.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.rzsnsw.org.au/index.php?/Journals/Australian-Zoologist/australian-zoologist-database.html
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 RZS. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 35
Issue Number 2
Page from 90
Page to 102
ISSN 0067-2238
Date Accessioned 2011-01-20
Date Available 2011-10-25T07:26:51Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Environmental Futures Research Institute
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Conservation and Biodiversity; Environmental Monitoring; Terrestrial Ecology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/37379
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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