The Jornada Basin Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program is part of a national network of long-term ecological research sites funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The Jornada LTER program has been continuously funded since 1982 to develop general principles governing changes between grassland and shrubland ecosystems based on research in the drylands of the Chihuahuan Desert. We aim to translate our findings to other dryland ecosystems around the world, and to forecast dynamics of future ecosystem states in response to changing climate and land use.

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