A British Ecological Society Special Interest Group
From: Tanja Sanders
This meeting emphasizes the value of long-term data for forest ecosystem research. The impact and interaction from air pollutants, climate change, and insect gradations on the water – nutrient- and carbon cycles within forest ecosystems can only be substantiated by means of long-term data, allowing trends and risk analyses. Respective evaluations and methods will be highlighted for all sectors of forest ecosystems on the driver side (e.g. deposition, ozone air concentration, meteorological conditions) as well as on the response side such as growth, crown and soil condition, biodiversity, and mycorrhizas. Issues like the sustainability of ecosystem services and forest management
options are closely connected to environmental impacts and ecosystem responses and may hence be discussed.
The conference addresses all scientists in the field of air pollution and climate change research in forests, including experts from ICP Forests, the UNECE ICP community under the Working Group on Effects (WGE), partners and stakeholders, and interested scientists from related fields. Particular interest is put on projects, evaluations and modelling exercises that are based on ICP Forests data. Respective researchers are encouraged to present and discuss their work and results.
Nitrogen in forest ecosystems including biodiversity issues
The role of sulphur and basic cations in forest ecosystems
The impact of ozone
Heavy metals in forests — still a challenge?
Climate change effects on forests and water budget issues
Forests represent an immense resource for our planet. They provide a number of services from the provision of wood and non-wood products to the protection of biodiversity, habitats, water resources and the regulation of atmosphere and climate processes and are essential for wellbeing of the human society. The International Co-operative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests (ICP Forests) operates under the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP). Established in 1985, it continuously monitors forest condition and environmental factors across Europe. The data is used by a large and growing number of scientists investigating various policy relevant research questions.
Organization. The conference will be organized in sessions with keynotes (30 min) and standard presentations (15 min) and will offer the opportunity for mutual exchange on the state of the art. A poster session is anticipated encouraging authors to present their findings. Posters will be given a 1 minute time slot for a flash presentation.