understand the effects of global change on our ecosystems
and to have some potential for predictions, monitoring and
research must be carried out with a long-term perspective,
to solve seasonal and annual fluctuations, and with a network
structure, to solve for local effects. Fernando Valladares
is currently working for a better coordination of the Spanish
research in global change by:
the cooperation among scientists. Continuation of
networks and organization of meetings and workshops are the
main ingredients for this task.
2. Setting the stage for a Spanish network of long-term
ecological research. Preparation of a data base of
meta-data on the initiatives and activities of monitoring
and research with a long-term perspective, and facilitation
of agreements between funding agencies for supporting these
activities are the first items on this agenda.
3. Strengthening international relationships and experience
exchange with groups from other countries, particularly within
the EU. The main point for this goal is the participation
in the network of Excellence ALTER-net.