As key components of the Virtual Laboratory, IFLs will vertically and geographically expand existing facilities and observatories, culminating in highly instrumented research laboratories that will serve as testing grounds for quantifying key mechanisms across scales that influence ecosystem behavior.
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BERAC. 2013. BER Virtual Laboratory: Innovative Framework for Biological and Environmental Grand Challenges; A Report from the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee, DOE/SC-0156. science.energy.gov/ber/berac/reports/. (p. 11) (PDF)