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:

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