The Central Arizona-Phoenix Long–Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) project provides an important addition to LTER research by focusing on an arid land ecosystem profoundly influenced by human activities. It is one of two sites funded by the National Science Foundation that specifically studies urban ecology.
Biological, physical, social, and engineering scientists and a wide range of community partners are working together to study the structure and function of the urban ecosystem, assess the effects of urban development on the Sonoran Desert, and understand the distribution and perception of ecosystem services in metropolitan Phoenix.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant nos. BCS-1026865, DEB-0423704 and DEB-9714833.