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.
This year's Scientific Conference of ICP Forests is coming up: 6th June 2023, 13:00 - 16:30.
The programme includes 11 presentations devided in two sessions:
For further details and participation link visit the conference website: forecomon2023.thuenen.de
Posted by Anne-Katrin Prescher on May 11, 2023 at 13:30
a happy holiday season and all the best in the new year.
We would like to specifically express again our sincere gratitude to everyone involved in the ICP Forests and especially to the participating countries for their ongoing commitment and co-operation in forest ecosystem monitoring across the UNECE region. Thank you!
Posted by Alexa Michel on December 19, 2022 at 13:30
The new report on "Review and revision of empirical critical loads of nitrogen for Europe" by the Coordination Centre for Effects of ICP Modelling and Mapping was published in late autumn. Several scientists and experts of the different ICPs were involved, including colleagues from ICP Forests. It features a 86 pages long chapter on "Effects of nitrogen deposition on forests and other wooded land" and provides updated numbers for empirical critical loads for different forests. Considering the new insights and literature of the last 10 years, several empirical critical loads were downsized, thus, indicating a higher sensitivity to N loads than supposed in the former report of 2011.
Posted by Anne-Katrin Prescher on December 16, 2022 at 13:45
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
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
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