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National Science Foundation

Life | Major Projects

Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program
For more than 25 years, NSF has steadfastly supported the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network, a collaborative effort currently involving more than 1,800 scientists and students studying ecological processes at sites strategically located around the United States, Puerto Rico, Tahiti and Antarctica. The 26 LTER sites are windows to global change.

National Ecological Observing Network (NEON)
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), a regional-to-continental scale network, will help us understand the impacts of climate change, land-use change and invasive species on ecology. NEON will gather data on ecological responses of the biosphere to changes in land use and climate, and on feedbacks with the atmosphere, water cycle and other natural and human systems.

Bering Ecosystem Study (BEST)
In partnership with the North Pacific Research Board, NSF launched the Bering Ecosystem Study (BEST) to improve our understanding of the effects of climate variability on the Bering Sea marine ecosystems, including the social implications of climate change and the role of human activities in the system. BEST will examine such factors as diminishing sea ice, decreasing ocean salinity and shifting plankton availability on the Bering Sea ecosystem.

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) focuses on developing and testing important ecological ideas and theories using existing data. Working in teams, NCEAS researchers focus on analyzing ecological information with cutting-edge approaches, accessing and using data, promoting the use of sound science in policy and management decisions, investigating sociological issues that pertain to the science of ecology and educating with sound ecological principles.

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