Long Term Agroecosystem Research Overview

Agriculture faces tremendous challenges in meeting multiple, diverse societal goals, including a safe and plentiful food supply, climate change adaptation/mitigation, supplying sources of bioenergy, improving water/air/soil quality, and maintaining biodiversity. The LTAR network enables long-term, trans-disciplinary science across farm resource regions to address these challenges. The goal of this research network is to ensure sustained crop and livestock production and ecosystem services from agroecosystems, and to forecast and verify the effects of environmental trends, public policies, and emerging technologies. Ultimately, LTAR is expected to provide a wide array of clients, partners, and stakeholders with four basic outcomes:
  1. Agroecosystem productivity is sustainably enhanced by the development and application of new technologies
  2. Mitigation and adaptation of agroecosystems to climate change is improved by more accurate predictions of resource responses to system drivers
  3. Stronger linkages to other long-term research networks improves conservation and environmental quality in agricultural landscapes
  4. The socio-economic viability of, and opportunities for, rural communities are enhanced through educational outreach by LTAR scientists and collaborators
For the fully interactive version of this LTAR data explorer visit https://ltar.nal.usda.gov.

Datasets

182 datasets

LTAR Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed DAP GIS Layers

The USDA-ARS Southwest Watershed Research Center (SWRC) operates the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed (WGEW) in southeastern Arizona as an outdoor laboratory for studying semiarid rangeland hydrologic, ecosystem, climate, and erosion processes.

Since its establishment in 1953, the SWRC in Tucson, Arizona, has collected, processed, managed,…

Long-term Agro-ecosystem Research Initiative

SGS-LTER Ecosystem Stress Area - Soil Carbon & Nitrogen in shortgrass steppe on the Central Plains Experimental Range in Nunn, Colorado, USA 1991, ARS Study Number 3 - etisslig (lignin)

This data package was produced by researchers working on the Shortgrass Steppe Long Term Ecological Research (SGS-LTER) Project, administered at Colorado State University. Long-term datasets and background information (proposals, reports, photographs, etc.) on the SGS-LTER project are contained in a comprehensive project collection within the…

Long-term Agro-ecosystem Research Initiative

SGS-LTER Ecosystem Stress Area - Soil Carbon & Nitrogen in shortgrass steppe on the Central Plains Experimental Range in Nunn, Colorado, USA 1991, ARS Study Number 3 - etisscn (control)

This data package was produced by researchers working on the Shortgrass Steppe Long Term Ecological Research (SGS-LTER) Project, administered at Colorado State University. Long-term datasets and background information (proposals, reports, photographs, etc.) on the SGS-LTER project are contained in a comprehensive project collection within the…

Long-term Agro-ecosystem Research Initiative

SGS-LTER Ecosystem Stress Area - Soil Carbon & Nitrogen in shortgrass steppe on the Central Plains Experimental Range in Nunn, Colorado, USA 1991, ARS Study Number 3 - esoil (soil)

This data package was produced by researchers working on the Shortgrass Steppe Long Term Ecological Research (SGS-LTER) Project, administered at Colorado State University. Long-term datasets and background information (proposals, reports, photographs, etc.) on the SGS-LTER project are contained in a comprehensive project collection within the…

Long-term Agro-ecosystem Research Initiative

SGS-LTER Effects of water and nitrogen additions on aboveground biomass in shortgrass ecosystems on the Central Plains Experimental Range, Nunn, Colorado, USA 1997-2011, ARS Study Number 143

This data package was produced by researchers working on the Shortgrass Steppe Long Term Ecological Research (SGS-LTER) Project, administered at Colorado State University. Long-term datasets and background information (proposals, reports, photographs, etc.) on the SGS-LTER project are contained in a comprehensive project collection within the…

Long-term Agro-ecosystem Research Initiative

NGPRL Meteorological Towers

This dataset is part of the common observation in the centralized repository for public access, also known as the Common Observatory Repository (CORe), of the USDA ARS Long-Term Agro-ecosystem Research (LTAR) network. This is part of the National Program 216 (NP#216): Agricultural System and Competitiveness…

Long-term Agro-ecosystem Research Initiative