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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.

  Keywords


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

Authors’ address

(1)
N Clarke
D Simpson
Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, P.O. Box 115, N-1431 s (Norway)
(2)
R Fischer
Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Instit. for World Forestry, Leuschnerstrasse 91, 21029 Hamburg (Germany)
(3)
W De Vries
Alterra, Wageningen University and Research Centre, P.O. Box 47, 6700 AA Wageningen (Netherlands)
(4)
L Lundin
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, P.O. Box 7050, SE-75007 Uppsala (Sweden)
(5)
D Papale
DISAFRI Università della Tuscia, v. S. Camillo de Lellis, I-01100 Viterbo (Italy)
(6)
T Vesala
University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 48, SF-00014 Helsinki (Finland)
(7)
P Merilä
Parkano Research Unit, Finnish Forest Research Institute, Kaironiementie 15, FI-39700 Parkano (Finland)
(8)
G Matteucci
CNR/ISAFOM, v. Cavour 4-6, 87036 Rende, CS (Italy)
(9)
M Mirtl
Federal Environment Agency Austria, Spittelauer Lände 5, A-1090 Vienna (Austria)
(10)
D Simpson
EMEP MSC-W, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Blindern, N-0313 Oslo (Norway)
(11)
D Simpson
Chalmers University of Technology, Hörsalsvg. 11, S-412 96 Gothenburg (Sweden)
(12)
E Paoletti
CNR/IPP, v. Madonna del Piano 10, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy)

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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
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