Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) is required as many ecological processes exhibit high inter annual variability and susceptibility to rare/episodic disturbance events, both impossible to detect based on short-term observations. This is particularly true in highly dynamic ecosystems, where that variability is either due to climate unpredictability, heavy and changing human influences or a combination of both, such as in the montado landscapes. Moreover, the high variation associated with natural fluctuations hinders the modelling of precise predictions of ecosystem change for different global change scenarios.
The main core research of our proposal encompasses the classical LTER objectives and goes further, aiming to understand how montado functioning and ability to provide ecosystem services, respond to land-use changes under a desertification scenario predicted by global climate change models. The montado (dehesa in Spain) is recognized as a unique agro-silvo-pastoral ecosystem found only in the Mediterranean basin. These savannah-like landscapes are dominated by cork and holm oaks, shaped over millennia of traditional land use practices.
Science and Technology Foundation (LTER/BIA-BEC/0048/2009).
CÉLIA MARINA PEDROSO GOUVEIA (IDL); RICARDO MACHADO TRIGO (IDL); AMÍLCAR MANUEL DO ROSÁRIO OLIVEIRA (CEAUL); CARLOS DO CARMO DE PORTUGAL E CASTRO DA CÂMARA (IDL); RICARDO MACHADO TRIGO (IDL).
Adelaide ClementeEnvironmental Stress & Functional Ecology - ESFE
Ana Isabel Vasconcelos Dias CorreiaNatural History & Systematics - NHS
Artur Raposo Moniz SerranoTropical and Mediterranean Biodiversity - TMB
Cristina BranquinhoEcology of Environmental Change - eChanges
Cristina Maria Filipe Máguas Silva HansonEnvironmental Stress & Functional Ecology - ESFE
Francisco Petrucci FonsecaConservation in Socio-Ecological Ecosystems - CSEE
Joaquín HortalEnvironmental Stress & Functional Ecology - ESFE
Joaquín HortalEvolutionary Ecology - EE
Maria Filomena MagalhãesConservation in Socio-Ecological Ecosystems - CSEE
Otília CorreiaEnvironmental Stress & Functional Ecology - ESFE
Rui RebeloConservation in Socio-Ecological Ecosystems - CSEE
Rui RebeloTropical and Mediterranean Biodiversity - TMB