In the process of improving forest sites for forest research under climate change and air pollution in Europe the COST Action FP0903 (Climate Change and ForestMitigation and Adaptation in a Polluted Environment) aims to define keycriteria to be addressed and to recommend steps and requirements for establishing so-called “supersites”, i.e. highly instrumented monitoring and research sites, where all ecosystem compartments and fluxes are studied, including experimental approaches. One of the main objectives is: “To reconcile process-oriented research, long-term monitoring and applied modelling at comprehensive forest research sites (Supersites).” The process within the COST action relies on contributions from the MC members and affiliated experts. The Action does not have resources to implement the installation of such sites, but considers itself a think tank for further developments.
A questionnaire about those Supersites was developed and circulated in 2012. The main results were presented at the MC/WG meeting in Kaunas, Lithuania (May, 2012) and are available here.