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.