Le projet eLTER PLUS


Research Infrastructure for Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe


  • 2020-2025
  • 10 000 000 €
  • Coordinateurs : Prof. Jaana Bäck (University of Helsinki, Finland) ; co-coordinator: Dr. Michael Mirtl (UFZ, Germany)
  • Contact SAS : Ophélie Fovet
  • Axe de recherche SAS : Resources
  • Site web
  • Keywords: Terrestrial, freshwater and transitional ecosystems, long-term observations, holistic approach, European research infrastructure


The Advanced Community Project for the eLTER Research Infrastructure (eLTER PLUS) belongs to INFRAIA-01-2018-2019 programme of HORIZON 2020 and is built on three main pillars: networking; joint research activities; and transnational, remote and virtual access. eLTER PLUS will test the performance of the emerging eLTER RI while challenging, assessing and strengthening its operations.

Selected sites and platforms in terrestrial, freshwater and coastal ecosystems will be used to study ecosystem integrity, impacts of climate change and endangered ecosystem services at a pan-European scale. Alongside these example case studies eLTER PLUS will identify and assess innovative observational and analytical methods, develop detailed specifications of eLTER RI according to community needs (standard observations, site design), support community building and training, and pilot priority services (IT and other support).

eLTER PLUS will connect major scientific user communities to site networks and their data/services. The main Research Challenges (RC) addressed by eLTER PLUS are:

  • RC 1 Biodiversity loss
  • RC 2 Biogeochemical controls of ecosystem functions
  • RC 3 Climate-water-food nexus
  • RC 4 Socio-ecological systems

The AgrHyS Observatory (OZCAR RI, INRAE Critical Zone Observatory), managed by SAS research unit, is one of the sites and platforms selected to conduct this performance test as a Transnational Access Site of the eLTER PLUS project.

SAS Staff Involved

Researcher: Ophélie Fovet
Field staff: Mikael Faucheux, Yannick Hamon
Information System staff: Mario Adam


There are 32 participating institutions from 23 European countries

Funding and Support

INFRAIA-01-2018-2019 programme of HORIZON 2020


Map of the sites that offer transnational access
within the eLTER PLUS project (© eLTER-RI)

Date de modification : 06 février 2023 | Date de création : 05 juillet 2021 | Rédaction : SAS