Further development and implementation of an EU-level forest monitoring system (FutMon)
The main objective of FutMon was to explore the capability of extensive and intensive monitoring across Europe to answer important questions relating to the long term sustainability of forest ecosystems.
Building of capacities for the coordination of harmonised forest monitoring at the national, regional and Community level.
Collection of quantitative and qualitative forest data related to climate change, air pollution, biodiversity, and forest condition.
Contribution of information needed for sustainable forest management in the form of data related to the improved pan-European Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management.
Provision of the network to other projects also aiming at meeting information needs of the European Commission.
Scientific analysis of data and the provision of reports focusing on forest conditions and forest soil conditions in relation to air pollution, climate change, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity.
Forest Research has a longstanding interest and involvement in environmental monitoring of forests, and as an Associated Beneficiary in the FutMon project, is leading the further development of intensive monitoring in the UK in order that it can deliver important information of national, European and international relevance.
The project had several workpackages. Those in which Forest Research participated include:
Revision of large-scale monitoring systems aiming at maximising synergies between forest condition monitoring and the UK National Forest Inventory (work packages L1 and L2).
Intensive monitoring on ten monitoring plots, including crown condition, mortality, removals, forest growth, foliar chemistry and litterfall, ground vegetation, soil condition and soil solution chemistry, deposition and meteorology (work package IM1).