The distributed national experimental, analytical and modelling platforms are the fundamental building blocks of AnaEE.
To study ecosystems responses to environmental changes, the AnaEE experimental open-air platforms need to be distributed and to span the main climatic zones and ecosystems types of Europe. AnaEE will also take advantage of experimental facilities in more controlled environments, enclosed ecosystem platforms, such as Ecotrons where larger sets of environmental conditions can be simulated and where more in depth measurements of ecosystem processes can be conducted.
Despite a high level of instrumentation in these experimental platforms, there is still information on ecosystems status and processes that can only be studied in specific analytical platforms on samples of plants, animals, soil or air taken in situ during the experiments.
Last but not least, the designs of experiments as well as the full exploitation of the experimental results need to develop associated modelling activities. AnaEE will offer access to modelling platforms both to access models but also to develop new ones.
We launched a call for interest to enter ANAEE which generated the answers of 241 platforms across Europe. The call will be reopened to allow more countries and institutes to join AnaEE. The label AnaEE will be given to the platforms which will fulfil a set of criteria and for which there will be a ministerial agreement for entering AnaEE.
Access to AnaEE national platforms, according to access policy principles decided by the Assembly of Members, will be facilitated by the AnaEE Central Hub in particular for the scheduling and allocation of complex multi-sites experiments to particular facilities. Early contact from potential users is encouraged using short concept notes submitted electronically through the AnaEE portal or through informal discussions with Hub staff or directly with national AnaEE facilities.