Further Integration of RIs related to terrestrial ecosystem research

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D12.3 Further Integration of RIs related to terrestrial ecosystem research
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Project ENVRIplus
Deliverable nr D12.3
Submission date 2017-12-31
Type White paper

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This study analyses the existing European landscape of Research Infrastructures in the terrestrial domain from different perspectives: underlying scientific concepts, relation to Grand Challenges, potentials of co-location, and coverage in national roadmaps/national research concepts of terrestrial ecosystem and biodiversity research. It outlines the perspectives of cooperation and concludes that seven further steps are necessary to achieve the desired degree of integration and cooperation.

  • Core variables (for observation and experimentation) supporting essential indicators for ecosystem function, as well as Grand Challenge related essential carbon and biodiversity variables, should be developed, listed and their measurements standardized among Research Infrastructures.
  • For those core variables, core competences of Research Infrastructures should be defined and used in cross-RI services in order to avoid doubling efforts and diverging standards.
  • For the described cross-RI cooperation, advanced governance models for need to be developed.
  • National roadmaps should be designed towards integrated approaches serving the broad scientific and societal spectrum in a comprehensive way.
  • Co-location of observations by different Research Infrastructures and between observations and experiments is a straightforward strategy and should formally be developed towards “Cooperative ENVRI Master Sites” (CEMS).
  • Data interoperability needs to be further developed.
  • A proper strategic framework has to be established beyond the usual runtime of EC projectsto support clustering over at least a decade for the process addressed in this report. ENVRIplus can be seen here as a guiding example.
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