Research at the Jornada Basin LTER (JRN) is focused on understanding and quantifying the mechanisms that generate alternative natural and human-dominated states in dryland ecosystems, and to predict future states and their consequences for the provisioning of ecosystem services. In achieving this goal, the JRN takes advantage of Chihuahuan Desert landscapes that exemplify the ecological conditions, vulnerability, and management challenges in arid and semi-arid regions around the world. We generate five major products:
  • new understanding of state changes, in particular in drylands, that lead to theory development, testable hypotheses, and new experiments;
  • accessible data and visualization tools applicable at multiple scales;
  • explanatory and predictive relationships among drivers, patterns, and processes that can be used to;
  • develop scenarios of alternative human- and natural-dominated states with assessments of their impacts on ecosystem services; and
  • usable information transfer to a broad audience including K-12 students and teachers, non-government organizations and government agency land resource managers.