Availability, accessibility, quality and comparability of monitoring data for European forests for use in air pollution and climate change science

N Clarke (1)   , R Fischer (2), W De Vries (3), L Lundin (4), D Papale (5), T Vesala (6), P Merilä (7), G Matteucci (8), M Mirtl (9), D Simpson (10-11), E Paoletti (12)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 4, Issue 4, Pages 162-166 (2011)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0582-004
Published: Aug 11, 2011 - Copyright © 2011 SISEF

Commentaries & Perspectives

Collection/Special Issue: COST Action FP0903 (2010) - Rome (Italy)
Research, monitoring and modelling in the study of climate change and air pollution impacts on forest ecosystems
Guest Editors: E Paoletti, J-P Tuovinen, N Clarke, G Matteucci, R Matyssek, G Wieser, R Fischer, P Cudlin, N Potocic

Data from existing monitoring programmes such as ICP Forests, ICP Integrated Monitoring and EMEP, as well as from large-scale international projects such as CarboEurope IP and NitroEurope, can be used to answer questions about the impacts of air pollution and climate change on forest ecosystems and the feedbacks of forest to climate. However, for full use to be made of the available data, a number of questions need to be answered related to the availability, accessibility, quality and comparability of the data. For example, how can these databases be accessed, e.g., freely, over the internet, on request, by authorisation? How should intellectual property rights be protected, while improving access to data? What possibilities exist for harmonisation? Which quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures have been used and for how long? These and other relevant questions are discussed.


Forest monitoring, Data availability, Data accessibility, Data quality, Data comparability, Data sharing

Authors’ address

N Clarke
D Simpson
Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, P.O. Box 115, N-1431 s (Norway)
R Fischer
Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Instit. for World Forestry, Leuschnerstrasse 91, 21029 Hamburg (Germany)
W De Vries
Alterra, Wageningen University and Research Centre, P.O. Box 47, 6700 AA Wageningen (Netherlands)
L Lundin
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, P.O. Box 7050, SE-75007 Uppsala (Sweden)
D Papale
DISAFRI Università della Tuscia, v. S. Camillo de Lellis, I-01100 Viterbo (Italy)
T Vesala
University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 48, SF-00014 Helsinki (Finland)
P Merilä
Parkano Research Unit, Finnish Forest Research Institute, Kaironiementie 15, FI-39700 Parkano (Finland)
G Matteucci
CNR/ISAFOM, v. Cavour 4-6, 87036 Rende, CS (Italy)
M Mirtl
Federal Environment Agency Austria, Spittelauer Lände 5, A-1090 Vienna (Austria)
D Simpson
EMEP MSC-W, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Blindern, N-0313 Oslo (Norway)
D Simpson
Chalmers University of Technology, Hörsalsvg. 11, S-412 96 Gothenburg (Sweden)
E Paoletti
CNR/IPP, v. Madonna del Piano 10, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy)

Corresponding author


Clarke N, Fischer R, De Vries W, Lundin L, Papale D, Vesala T, Merilä P, Matteucci G, Mirtl M, Simpson D, Paoletti E (2011). Availability, accessibility, quality and comparability of monitoring data for European forests for use in air pollution and climate change science. iForest 4: 162-166. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0582-004

Paper history

Received: Dec 23, 2010
Accepted: Mar 17, 2011

First online: Aug 11, 2011
Publication Date: Aug 11, 2011
Publication Time: 4.90 months

Breakdown by View Type

(Waiting for server response...)

Article Usage

Total Article Views: 23743
(from publication date up to now)

Breakdown by View Type
HTML Page Views: 19222
Abstract Page Views: 955
PDF Downloads: 2395
Citation/Reference Downloads: 149
XML Downloads: 1022

Web Metrics
Days since publication: 3215
Overall contacts: 23743
Avg. contacts per week: 51.70

Article Citations

Article citations are based on data periodically collected from the Clarivate Web of Science web site
(last update: Aug 2019)

Total number of cites (since 2011): 15
Average cites per year: 1.67


Publication Metrics

by Dimensions ©

Articles citing this article

List of the papers citing this article based on CrossRef Cited-by.

Beer C, Reichstein M, Tomelleri E, Ciais P, Jung M, Carvalhais N, Rödeneck C, Arain MA, Baldocchi D, Bonan GB, Bondeau A, Cescatti A, Lasslop G, Lindroth A, Lomas M, Luyssaert S, Margolis H, Oleson KW, Roupsard O, Veenendaal E, Viovy N, Williams C, Woodward FI, Papale D (2010)
Terrestrial gross carbon dioxide uptake: global distribution and covariation with climate. Science 329: 834-838.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Bleeker A, Draaijers G, van der Veen D, Erisman JW, Möls H, Fonteijn P, Geusebroek M (2003)
Field intercomparison of throughfall measurements performed within the framework of the Pan European intensive monitoring program of EU/ICP Forest. Environmental Pollution 125: 123-138.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Clarke N, Zlindra D, Ulrich E, Mosello R, Derome J, Derome K, König N, Lövblad G, Draaijers GPJ, Hansen K, Thimonier A, Waldner P (2010)
Sampling and analysis of deposition. Part XIV. In: “ICP Forests. Manual on methods and criteria for harmonized sampling, assessment, monitoring and analysis of the effects of air pollution on forests”. UNECE, ICP Forests, Hamburg, Germany, pp. 66. [ISBN: 978-3-926301-03-1]
Online | Gscholar
COST (2010)
Action FP0903
Online | Gscholar
Erisman JW, Mols H, Fonteijn P, Geusebroek M, Draaijers G, Bleeker A, van der Veen D (2003)
Field intercomparison of precipitation measurements performed within the framework of the Pan European Intensive Monitoring Program of EU/ICP forests. Environmental Pollution 125: 139-155.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Fischer R (2008)
Forest ecosystems in a changing environment: identifying future monitoring and research needs. COST Strategic Workshop. Istanbul (Turkey) 11-13 March 2008.
Online | Gscholar
Fischer R, Aas W, de Vries W, Clarke N, Cudlin P, Leaver D, Lundin L, Matteucci G, Matyssek R, Mikkelsen T, Mirtl M, Öztürk Y, Papale D, Potocic N, Simpson D, Tuovinen J-P, Vesala T, Wieser G, Paoletti E (2011)
Towards a transnational system of supersites for forest monitoring and research in Europe - an overview on present state and future recommendations. iForest (in press)
CrossRef | Gscholar
Jung M, Reichstein M, Ciais P, Seneviratne SI, Sheffield J, Goulden ML, Bonan G, Cescatti A, Chen J, de Jeu R, Dolman AJ, Eugster W, Gerten D, Gianelle D, Gobron N, Heinke J, Kimball J, Law BE, Montagnani L, Mu Q, Mueller B, Oleson K, Papale D, Richardson A, Roupsard O, Running S, Tomelleri E, Viovy N, Weber U, Williams C, Wood E, Zaehle S, Zhang K (2010)
Recent decline in the global land evapotranspiration trend due to limited moisture supply. Nature 467: 951-954.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Lorenz M (2010)
Objectives, strategy and implementation of ICP Forests. Manual Part I. In: “ICP Forests. Manual on methods and criteria for harmonized sampling, assessment, monitoring and analysis of the effects of air pollution on forests”. UNECE, ICP Forests, Hamburg, Germany, pp. 21. [ISBN: 978-3-926301-03-1]
Online | Gscholar
Marchetto A, Mosello R, Tartari GA, Derome J, Derome K, König N, Clarke N, Kowalska A (2009)
Atmospheric deposition and soil solution working ring test 2009. Laboratory ring test for deposition and soil solution sample analyses for the laboratories participating in the EU/Life+ FutMon Project. Report 04.09, CNR-ISE, Italy.
OECD (2007)
Principles and guidelines for access to research data from public funding.
Online | Gscholar
Simpson D, Fagerli H, Hellsten S, Knulst J, Westling O (2006)
Comparison of modelled and monitored deposition fluxes of sulphur and nitrogen to ICP-forest sites in Europe. Biogeosciences 3: 337-355.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Wickstrøm T, Clarke N, Derome K, Derome J, Røgeberg E (2000)
Comparison study of five analytical methods for the fractionation and subsequent determination of aluminium in natural water samples. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 2: 171-181.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Zlindra D, Eler K, Clarke N, Simončič P (2011)
Towards harmonization of forest deposition collectors - case study of comparing collector designs. iForest (in press)
CrossRef | Gscholar

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website