Welcome to ICP Forests

A programme aiming at a comprehensive compilation of information on the condition of forests in Europe and beyond

The International Co-operative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests (ICP Forests) was launched in 1985 under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Convention, formerly CLRTAP) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

ICP Forests monitors forest condition at two monitoring intensity levels:

The Level I monitoring is based on 5624 observation plots (as at 2021) on a systematic transnational grid of 16 x 16 km throughout Europe and beyond to gain insight into the geographic and temporal variations in forest condition.

The Level II intensive monitoring comprises 561 plots (as at 2020) in selected forest ecosystems with the aim to clarify cause-effect relationships.

At present 42 countries in Europe and beyond participate in ICP Forests. All data are available upon request.

Blog Posts

Reminder: Plants Special Issue on "Stress response and ecophysiological indicators of tree vitality" - Deadline 31 Oct 2022

Deadline for submitting manuscripts for the Plants Special Issue on "Advances in Forest Ecophysiology: Stress Response and Ecophysiological Indicators of Tree Vitality" is 31 October 2022.

Guest editor: Nenad Potočić, Chair of the ICP Forests Expert Panel on Crown Condition and Damage Causes

More information: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/plants/special_issues/forest_ecophysiology

Posted by Alexa Michel on September 20, 2022 at 12:04

New Biodiversa+ Call on Biodiversity Monitoring - Pre-proposal Deadline 9 Nov 2022

Biodiversa+ is a wide co-funded biodiversity partnership for research on biodiversity, policy and society.

The 2022-2023 Call has a clear acronym: "BiodivMon" open to research proposals on "Improved transnational monitoring of biodiversity and ecosystem change for science and society" covering terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.

Transnational research projects (3-yrs) will address:

(1) Innovation and harmonisation of methods and tools for the collection and management of biodiversity monitoring data

(2) Addressing knowledge gaps on biodiversity status, dynamics, and trends to reverse biodiversity loss

(3) Making use of available biodiversity monitoring data

General target is: helping to better characterize, understand, report on the state and trends of biodiversity.



Posted by Alexa Michel on September 20, 2022 at 12:00

Widespread visible effects of 2022 drought on forest vegetation

Leaf browning on deciduous broadleaved forest vegetation became visible already in August over several slopes in Ticino (Switzerland) and northern Italy (left), and even on the Mediterranean vegetation along the coast of Tuscany (central Italy) (right). It will be interesting to see the results of the 2022 Level I survey.

Posted by Marco Ferretti on September 19, 2022 at 11:00

ICP Forests 2022 Technical Report available online

The PCC is happy to announce that the ICP Forests 2022 Technical Report and the Online Supplement are now available online and can be downloaded from the ICP Forests website.

Printed copies will be available soon.

Posted by Alexa Michel on September 14, 2022 at 11:30

12th Deposition and soil solution Working Ring Test 2022/2023

All laboratories that perform deposition and soil solution analyses in ICP Forests are kindly invited to participate in the 12th Working Ring Test in order to assess the quality of the deposition and soil solution data collected in the ICP Forests programme on the Intensive Monitoring of Forest Ecosystems (EC-UN/ECE ICP Forests). The registration is open until 30th September 2022.

All necessary information are available in the document: InvitationWRT2022.pdf

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me (A.Kowalska@ibles.waw.pl).

Best regards

Anna Kowalska

Posted by ICP-Forests Admin on September 5, 2022 at 12:00

Recent editorial in Nature emphasize the importance of long-term forest monitoring (and its funding).

A one-page editorial published on 18th August on Nature put emphasis on the need and the importance of long-term forest monitoring: "the edifice of forest science relies on the long-term data that scientists wring from forests over decades. Our chances of overcoming climate change are small, but they will diminish further if we forget the basics of monitoring our home planet."

Among others, in the editorial it is also pointed out that long term observations "depends on the availability of long-term funding. Achieving such continuity is a problem for both remote-sensing and ground-based operations."

While we all know this, it is important that such a statement and such an acknowledgement come from such an authoritative source. You can read the full paper here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02182-0

Posted by Marco Ferretti on September 2, 2022 at 14:48


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