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L2P Level-2 Preprocessed (observations)
LAB Lactic Acid Bacteria
LAB Long-chain Linear Alkylbenzene
LAC Latin America and Caribbean
LAC Local Area Coverage
LAC Limits of Acceptable Change
LADCP Lowered Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler
LADS LAser Depth Sounding; Laser Airborne Depth Sounder
LAMTec Laboratory of Marine Environment and Technology (UA)
LAN Local area network
LANDSAT Land Remote-Sensing Satellite
LAP Low Altitude Photography
LAPA Local Adaptation Plans of Action
LARS Launch and Recovery Systems
LAS Live Access Server
LAS Local Action Strategy
LAS LBSP Local Action Strategies Land Based Sources of Pollution
LAT Low Astronomical Tide
LBA Large Scale Biosphere Atmosphere Experiment
LBL Long Baseline
LBR Legislative Budget Request
LBS Land-Based Sources of Marine Pollution (Protocol of the Cartegena convention)
LBSMP Land-based Sources of Marine Pollution
LBSP Land-Based Sources of Pollution
LC Live Coral
LC Leeuwin Current
LC-50 Lethal Concentration - 50%
LC-MS/MS Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometric method
LCA Long-Term Cooperative Action
LCC large capacity cesspool
LCC Landscape Conservation Cooperative (Department of Interior)
LCMF Lakshadweep Cooperative Marketing Federation
LCR Ligase Chain Reaction
LCRC Little Cayman Research Centre
LCRMN Lakshadweep Coral Reef Monitoring Network
LCS Lagrangian Coherent Structures
LDA Limited Development Areas
LDCF Least Developed Countries Fund
LDCL Lakshadweep Development Corporation Limited
LDCs Least Developed Countries
LDEO Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
LDGO Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory
LDP Leadership Development Program (NOAA)
LDUC Land Development and Utilisation Commission (Jamaica)
LE Division of Law Enforcement (FWC Florida)
LEAP Legal Environmental Advocacy Programme (Silliman University)
LEAP Local Early Action Plan
LEC South Florida Water Management District Lower East Coast
LECZ Low-Elevation Coastal Zone
LED Light Emitting Diode
LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LEEF League of Environmental Educators of Florida
Leibniz-ZMT GmbH Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology
LEK Local Ecological Knowledge
LEO Low Earth Orbit
LF Loose Fragment
Lg Lagoon
LGCMP Local Governance for Coastal Management Project
LGEEPA General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection (Mexico)
LGM Last Glacial Maximum
LGU Local Government Unit
LHC Light Harvesting Chlorophyll Complex
LHCII Light Harvesting Complex of PSII
LI Line Intercept
LIA Live Impact Area
LIC Low-Income Country
LID Low Impact Development
LIDAR Light Intensity Detection And Ranging
LIF Laser Induced Fluorescence
LIM Linear Inverse Modeling
LiMWA Limit of Moderate Wave Action
LIPI Academy of Sciences (Indonesia)
LIRS Lizard Island Research Station
LIS Informatic and Systematics Laboratory (Paris, Fr)
LISST Laser In Situ Scattering and Transmissometry
LIT Line Intercept Transect
LL Longline
LLAS Llanura Aluvial del Sur (Southern Alluvial lowland)
LLS Laser Line Scan
LM Light Microscopy
LMB Lower Mekong River Basin
LME Large Marine Ecosystem
LMFR Lakshadweep Marine Fishing Regulation
LMICs Lower Middle-Income Countries
LML Leigh Marine Laboratory (UA/NZ)
LMMA Local Marine Management Area
LMMA - LF Locally-Managed Marine Area Learning Framework
LMO Living Modified Organism
LMP Land and Resource Management Plan
LMR Living Marine Resources
LMRCC Lakshadweep Marine Research and Conservation Centre
LNAPL Light, Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid
LNG Liquefied Natural Gas
LNLC Low Nitrogen, Low Chlorophyll
LNV Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality (NA)
LO Line Office
LOA's Land Observation Activities (USGS)
LOC Local Organizing Committe
LOCO Layered Organization in the Coastal Ocean
LODS Longline Observer Data System (NOAA)
LOEL Lowest Observed Effects Level
LOER Lake Okeechobee and Estuary Recovery
LOF List of Fisheries
LOF Living Oceans Foundation
LOFT Lake Okeechobee Fast Track
LOI Letter of Intent
LOICZ Land-Ocean Interaction in the Coastal Zone
LOP Letter of Permission
LOP2TP Lake Okeechobee Watershed Construction Project, Phase II
LOPA Lake Okeechobee Protection Act
LOQ Nitrogen-Phosphorus Detector
LORAN LOng RAnge Navigation
LORSS Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule Study
LOS Law of the Sea
LOSA Lake Okeechobee Service Area
LOSC Law of the Sea Convention
LOWSM Lake Okeechobee Water Shortage Management
LP Landsat Program (NASA)
LP London Protocol
LPA Lack of Public Awareness (LAS)
LPI Line-Point Intercept
LR Live Rock
LRC Local Resource Council
LRFFT Live Reef Food Fish Trade
LRFT Live Reef Fish Trade
LRNP Los Roques National Park (Venezuela)
LS Live Sand
LSB University of Hawaii's Land Study Bureau
LSD Light Stress Damage
LSD Least Significant Difference
LSE London School of Economics and Policy
LSID Life Science Identifiers
LSLA Large-Scale Land Acquisitions
LTAP Long Term Acquisition Plan (LP)
LTC Lobster Trap Certificate
LTER Long-Term Ecological Research
LTM Long-Term Monitoring
LTR Lionfish Tissue Repository
LTRE Life Table Response Experiment
LTRMP Long-Term Resource Monitoring Program
LTSRF Long Term Stewardship and Reanalysis Facility
LTVMP Long-term Video-Monitoring Program (BIOS)
LUC Hawaii Land Use Commission
LUCA Last Universal Common Ancestor
LUCC Land Use and Cover Change
LULUCF Land Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry
LUMCON Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
LUMP Land Use Management Plan
LUPAG Hawaii County General Plan Land Use Pattern Allocation Guide
LW Leeward
LWG Local Working Group