Science Meeting Themes

Themes for abstract submission

Theme 1: Resilience of socio-ecological systems
The resilience or the transformation of a social-ecological system is crucially influenced by stochastic events (extreme weather events) or anthropogenic pressures such as pollution, increase in population or exploitation, and thus having negative impacts on species vulnerability and human well-being in the face of environmental, socioeconomic, and political change. This session aims to discuss the ecological and social resilience to environmental changes at different scales (i.e., global, regional, national, and local) through long-term research in natural and/or human-dominated landscapes.

Theme 2: Drivers of long-term changes in biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and services
The objective objective of this session is to consider the drivers of long-term changes in biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services that were caused directly or indirectly by any natural or human-induced factors. Direct drivers, such as climate variability and change, plant extraction, land conversion, invasive species, and diseases, unequivocally influence ecosystem processes. Indirect drivers, such as demographic, economic, sociopolitical, cultural and religious, scientific and technological divers, operate more diffusely by altering one or more direct drivers.

Theme 3: Nutrient cycling and critical zone research
The objective of this session is to consider the researches about critical zone where rock, soil, water, air, and living organisms interact from the tops of trees to the bottom of the groundwater. These complex interactions regulate the natural habitat and determine the availability of life-sustaining resources, including nutrient cycling, food production, and water quality etc.

Theme 4: Towards harmonization and standardization of observations
One of the goals of the ILTER network is to create a legacy of well-designed and documented long-term observations, experiments, and archives of samples and specimens for future generations and to contribute to the Aichi targets of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 2020 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030. The session aims to 1) discuss the current long-term social-ecological research and observation for resilience of socio-ecological systems; 2) promote the development of the harmonized and standardized observations in response to the status and change of biodiversity, ecosystem structure, and ecosystem services in terrestrial, riverine, and marine environments; and 3) improve the cooperation among different sites, nations, and regions for the multi-scale analysis from local to global scale.

Theme 5: Long term response and feedback of Asian terrestrial ecosystems to climate change‚Äč
Asian terrestrial ecosystems - the richest in the world - are distributed continuously from tundra and borealis to tropics latitudinally, from humid coastland to desert longitudinally, as well as from lowland to Tibet Plateau elevationally. These ecosystems make a significant contribution to the regional climate mitigation. However, the long-term response and feedback of these terrestrial ecosystems to climate change remain highly uncertain with increasing population pressure, natural and human disturbances. We encourage presentations from various approaches and issues such as observation, experiment and modelling that can bridge knowledge gaps in process understanding and across different spatial and temporal scales.

Graduate Student Talks
These talks may use one of the main themes, but can be on any subject.

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