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What is socio-ecological research delivering? A literature survey across 25 international LTSER platforms

Jan Dick
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Daniel Orenstein E.
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Jennifer Holzer M.
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Christoph Wohner
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Anne-Laure Achard
Christopher Andrews
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Noa Avriel-Avni
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Nadège Blond
Chen Chiling
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Georgios Giannakis
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Stefan Leca
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Miklos Kertesz
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Maria Mimikou
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Georg Niedrist
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Alexander Psomas
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Margarida Santos-Reis
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Kristin Vanderbilt
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Gunther van Ryckegem
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With an overarching goal of addressing global and regional sustainability challenges, Long Term Socio-Ecological Research Platforms (LTSER) aim to conduct place-based research, to collect and synthesize both environmental and socio-economic data, and to involve a broader stakeholder pool to set the research agenda. To date there have been few studies examining the output from LTSER platforms. In this study we enquire if the socio-ecological research from 25 self-selected LTSER platforms of the International Long-Term Ecological Research (ILTER) network has produced research products which fulfil the aims and ambitions of the paradigm shift from ecological to socio-ecological research envisaged at the turn of the century. In total we assessed 4983 publically available publications, of which 1112 were deemed relevant to the socio-ecological objectives of the platform. A series of 22 questions were scored for each publication, assessing relevance of responses in terms of the disciplinary focus of research, consideration of human health and well-being, degree of stakeholder engagement, and other relevant variables. The results reflected the diverse origins of the individual platforms and revealed a wide range in foci, temporal periods and quantity of output from participating platforms, supporting the premise that there is a growing trend in socio-ecological research at long-term monitoring platforms. Our review highlights the challenges of realizing the top-down goal to harmonize international network activities and objectives and the need for bottom-up, self-definition for research platforms. This provides support for increasing the consistency of LTSER research while preserving the diversity of regional experiences.
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hal-01769658 , version 1 (07-09-2018)



Jan Dick, Daniel Orenstein E., Jennifer Holzer M., Christoph Wohner, Anne-Laure Achard, et al.. What is socio-ecological research delivering? A literature survey across 25 international LTSER platforms. Science of the Total Environment, 2018, 622-623, pp.1225-1240. ⟨10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.324⟩. ⟨hal-01769658⟩
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