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Towards a transnational system of supersites for forest monitoring and research in Europe - an overview on present state and future recommendations

R Fischer (1)   , W Aas (2), W De Vries (3), N Clarke (4), P Cudlin (5), D Leaver (6), L Lundin (7), G Matteucci (8), R Matyssek (9), TN Mikkelsen (10), M Mirtl (11), Y Öztürk (1), D Papale (12), N Potocic (13), D Simpson (14), L-P Tuovinen (15)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 4, Issue 4, Pages 167-171 (2011)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0584-004
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


Science-based approaches in addressing future risks and challenges for forests require close collaboration among the communities operating different monitoring and research networks as well as experts in process and large-scale modelling. Results of the COST FP0903 conference which took place in October 2010 in Rome, reveal valuable results from different European forest monitoring and research networks. However, the need for closer integration of these activities is obvious. In this paper, representatives from major European networks recommend a new approach for forest monitoring and research in Europe, based on a reasonable number of highly instrumented “supersites” and a larger number of intensive monitoring plots linked to these. This system needs to be built on existing infrastructures but requires increased coordination, harmonisation and a joint long term platform for data exchange and modelling.

  Keywords


Forest monitoring, Supersites, Research infrastructure, Europe

Authors’ address

(1)
R Fischer
Y Öztürk
Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Instit. for World Forestry, Leuschnerstrasse 91, D-21029 Hamburg (Germany)
(2)
W Aas
Norwegian Instit. for Air Research, P.O. Box 100, N-2027 Kjeller (Norway)
(3)
W De Vries
Alterra, Wageningen University and Research Centre, P.O. Box 47, NL-6700 AA Wageningen (Netherlands)
(4)
N Clarke
Norwegian Forest and Landscape Inst., P.O. Box 115, N-1431 s (Norway)
(5)
P Cudlin
Institute of Systems Biology and Ecology Academy of Science of the Czech Republic, Na Sadkach 7, CS-370 05 Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic)
(6)
D Leaver
NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (Edinburgh), Bush Estate, EH26 0QB Penicuik (UK)
(7)
L Lundin
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, P.O. Box 7050, S-75007 Uppsala (Sweden)
(8)
G Matteucci
CNR - Instit. for Agricultural and Forestry Systems in the Mediterranean, v. Cavour 4-6, I-87036 Rende, CS (Italy)
(9)
R Matyssek
Ecophysiology of Plants, Technische Universität München, von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, D-85354 Freising (Germany)
(10)
TN Mikkelsen
Riso National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark)
(11)
M Mirtl
Federal Environment Agency Austria, Spittelauer Lände 5, 1090 A-Vienna (Austria)
(12)
D Papale
DISAFRI, Università della Tuscia, v. San Camillo de Lellis, I-01100 Viterbo (Italy)
(13)
N Potocic
Croatioan Forest Research Instit., Cvjetno Naselje 41, 10450 Jastrebarsko (Croatia)
(14)
D Simpson
EMEP MSC-W, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Postboks 43, Blindern, N-0313 Oslo (Norway)
(15)
L-P Tuovinen
Finnish Meteorological Instit., P.O. Box 503, FI-00101 Helsinki (Finland)
(16)
University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 48, 00014 SF-Helsinki (Finland)
(17)
Federal Office and Research Centre for Forests, Rennweg 1, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria)
(18)
CNR - Instit. for Plant Protection, v. Madonna del Piano 10, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy)

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Citation

Fischer R, Aas W, De Vries W, Clarke N, Cudlin P, Leaver D, Lundin L, Matteucci G, Matyssek R, Mikkelsen TN, Mirtl M, Öztürk Y, Papale D, Potocic N, Simpson D, Tuovinen L-P (2011). Towards a transnational system of supersites for forest monitoring and research in Europe - an overview on present state and future recommendations. iForest 4: 167-171. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0584-004

Paper history

Received: Dec 21, 2010
Accepted: Mar 24, 2011

First online: Aug 11, 2011
Publication Date: Aug 11, 2011
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