A meta-database comparison from various European research networks dedicated to forests sites

A. Danielewska, N. Clarke, J. Olejnik, K. Hansen, W. de Vries

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Of a wide variety of international forest research and monitoring networks, several networks are dedicated to the effects of climate change on forests, while the effects of anthropogenic pollutants on forests have been a major area for both monitoring and research for decades. The large amounts of data already obtained within existing monitoring programmes and large-scale international projects can be used to increase understanding of the state and potential of forest mitigation and adaptation to climate change in a polluted environment, and a major challenge now is to evaluate and integrate the presently available databases. We present a meta-database with the main goal to highlight available data and integrate the information about research and monitoring of selected European Research and Monitoring Networks (ERMNs). Depending on the selected ERMNs, the list of variables and the measurement units differ widely in the databases. As a result, activities related to the identification, evaluation and integration of the presently available databases are important for the scientific community. Furthermore, and equally important, the recognition of current knowledge gaps and future needed research is made easier. This analysis suggests that: ground-level ozone is under-investigated, although it is one of the pollutants of greatest concern to forests; in addition to CO2, long-term other greenhouse gasses (GHG) flux measurements should be carried out; there is still a need of improving links between monitoring of atmospheric changes and impacts on forests; research-oriented manipulative experiments in the forests are missing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournaliForest : Biogeosciences and Forestry
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • nitrogen deposition
  • terrestrial ecosystems
  • anthropogenic sources
  • air-pollutants
  • climate-change
  • united-states
  • heavy-metals
  • carbon
  • ozone
  • pollution


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