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New web site for terrestrial ecosystems research

Researchers interested in terrestrial ecosystems can take advantage of a new web site established by the European Commission for TERICA, a concerted action which coordinates 20 projects funded by DG XII under the Environment and Climate Programme of Framework 4.

The new site ...
Researchers interested in terrestrial ecosystems can take advantage of a new web site established by the European Commission for TERICA, a concerted action which coordinates 20 projects funded by DG XII under the Environment and Climate Programme of Framework 4.

The new site contains a description of TERICA's work, links to the individual projects and notices of upcoming meetings.

TERICA is part of the Commission's Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Initiative, which aims to improve the ability of ecosystem science to predict the consequences and interactive effects of changes in land-use, climate and atmospheric composition and physics on three areas of primary concern for European terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems.

TERICA is not a research programme. It is a structure which helps to bring together European ecosystem research to make it more coherent, and to make the ideas and results of this research available to politicians at all levels. Its objectives are to:
- ensure synergy between European ecosystem research projects
- organise thematic meetings and workshops to improve interaction between projects
- provide a forum for discussing ecological theory and experimental research in order to provide the scientific framework for future research and environmental monitoring activities
- stimulate the development of environmental models - and in particular models suited to assist in the difficult question of generalising from limited experiments (scaling up)
- make the results of ecosystem research available to stakeholders.

Source: European Commission, DG XII

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