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Action FP0903

Climate Change and Forest Mitigation and Adaptation in a Polluted Environment (MAFor)

Forests are facing significant pressures from climate change and air pollution. The COST Strategic Workshop "Forest Ecosystems in a Changing Environment: Identifying Future Monitoring and Research Needs", held in Istanbul in 2008, recommended more integration between approaches and themes in order to assess the risks for European forests.

This Action creates a platform of experts from different fields, with the following main objectives:

1) to increase understanding of state and potential of forest mitigation and adaptation to climate change in a polluted environment
2) to reconcile process-oriented research, long-term monitoring and applied modelling at comprehensive forest research sites (Supersites).

Present forest monitoring in Europe is carried out at Level I and II plots by the ICP Forests programme on behalf of the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. Supersites of Level III were proposed in Istanbul, with the main aim of integrating soil, plant and atmospheric sciences and monitoring, and providing policy-oriented modelling with scientifically sound indicators of pollution and climate-related risks.

Secondary aims of Action FP0903 are:

  • to expand the evaluation of the presently available data;
  • to identify current knowledge gaps and emerging research needs;
  • to optimise the geographical distribution of Supersites and assure coverage of the most relevant ecosystems in Europe;
  • to assess the value and ecological meaning of measurements and identify which measurements are a priority;
  • to develop criteria and standardized protocols for data acquisition, processing, and upscaling;
  • to promote and facilitate the use of the results beyond the initial targeted research communities.

If your country has not yet joined FP0903 and you are interested to join and take part in FP0903 activities please get in touch with the chair (Elena PAOLETTI.: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for further information.

Download the Action Brochure for more information or visit this page to know more about FP0903 member countries and people.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 11:23

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