Keynote Presentations from the 2nd AVEC International Summer School, Peyresq, 18-30 September 2005

Speaker: Lars Lundin
Department of Environmental Assessment and Department of Forest Soils, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, P.O. Box 7050, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden

Title of the talk: Data for assessing the conditions of European forests in a changing environment (pdf: 1,5MB)
And as an example: Swedish national forest inventory (RIS) (pdf: 5MB)

Summary of the talk by Katarzyna Ostapowicz: Students´ summary (pdf)


Data for assessing the conditions of European forests in a changing environment

Long-term monitoring is crucial in following the forest environment conditions over time. Similarly, there is a need for spatial cover and distribution of monitoring sites. A number of such monitoring systems do exist. There are national inventories and surveys as well as international programmes involved. The national forest inventory (NFI) programmes may differ considerably between countries but work is going on to harmonize the systems, at least considering the above ground part of the forest ecosystems. Here the EFI, European Forest Inventory, programme is active.

International programmes could be related to EU-projects, though they are often limited in time. The more long-lasting programmes mainly relate to the Convention of Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) carried out in the UN ECE (Economic Commission for Europe) region. Within this convention there is the Working Group on Effects (WGE) with International Cooperative Programmes (ICP) on Forests and Integrated Monitoring (IM) being mainly related to the forest environment and the ICP on Modelling and Mapping compiling the field data to spatial distribution on maps.

The presentation will inform on content of the ICP forests and ICP IM monitoring programmes and will also include the programme of the Swedish National Inventory of Forests as being a good example of one of the most comprehensive forest inventories in the world.

Many issues are addressed in these programmes, where forest conditions, vitality and production would be one main item. Other problems could be ecosystem functions and environmental conditions. Related to the ecosystem are geophysiographical conditions and turnover of water and chemical elements. Environmental problems concern acidification, eutrophication, ozone damage and hazardous chemicals and all these in a cross-cutting system with climate change impacts. A few results will be highlighted.

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