EEF 2019 | 15th EEF – European Ecological Federation Congress

(Socio-) Ecological research for sustainable development: the plea for long-term data


Margarida Santos-Reis | Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes – cE3c, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa - FCUL, Portugal

Ricardo Díaz-Delgado | Estación Biológica de Doñana-CSIC, Spain

Alice Nunes | cE3c, FCUL, Portugal

Jan Dick | Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK

Daniel Orestein | Technion – Israel Institute of Technology



All humanly used resources are embedded in complex, social-ecological systems, and scientific knowledge is needed to enhance efforts to sustain it, combining data from the ecological and social sciences. These two sciences developed mostly apart, but changes in ecosystem structure, key ecological processes and services provided are mostly driven by human activities. This calls for a unified approach and long-term data to be fully understood and to develop management options.

This issue is addressed by the international network ILTER (, the European infrastructure eLTER ( and many national networks which have mostly dedicated to creating, combining and analyzing long-term ecosystem research data. Socio-ecological research within the European network is a relatively young field that studies coupled ecological and social systems to advance solutions for contemporary challenges in human-nature interactions. In this session we will focus on (socio-)ecological system studies, based on already established time series or studies which are intended to run for a long time, and presenters are expected to demonstrate the relevance of their work highlighting its potential for transdisciplinary approaches and its contribution to the SDGs challenges.


Short Presentations

Session introduction
Margarida Santos-Reis and Mark Frenzel

Multi-scale remote sensing for long-term monitoring and conservation management in Doñana LTSER platform
Ricardo Díaz-Delgado (Estación Biológica de Doñana-CSIC, Spain)

How past lessons can help shaping the future? Adapting forest landscapes to climate change
Alice Nunes (cE3c, FCUL, Portugal)

The importance of long-term socio-ecological data
Jan Dick (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK)

Evaluating long-term socio-ecological research
Daniel Orestein (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology)

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