Forest monitoring network
The value of forest monitoring networks:
Their role in a changing environment
Glenview Hotel, Delgany Co Wicklow, 4 March 2010
Programme - Registration form (pdf 31Kb)
Long-term forest monitoring is an essential activity to ensure sustained use of forestry resources. Monitoring activities generally cover four major themes: landscape and land-use monitoring, wood and non-wood resources, monitoring environmental and anthropogenic impacts, and forest biodiversity. In Ireland, there are currently many long term monitoring/research projects dealing with health and biogeochemistry (FutMon), climate change mitigation and adaptation (CLI-MIT), biodiversity (PLANFORBIO, FUCTIONALBIO, RHODO), nutrient status (FORFLUX) and phenological observations (IPG Network). Many of these projects are also linked to EU networks such as CarboEurope-IP, GHG Europe, Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) and the International Co-operative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests (ICPForests).
Irish forestry now has a unique opportunity to integrate all monitoring, long term research projects and national forest inventory (NFI) activities. The newly established NFI now provides vital baseline information across a nationally representative sub-sample of forest types and habitats. This could be used, for example, to assess biodiversity, to monitor the impacts of climate change or to estimate the climate-mitigation potential of forest ecosystems, thereby contributing to EU and UNFCCC reporting commitments.
The aims of the workshop are to:
a) Improve stake holder awareness to the value of monitoring activities.
b) Developing better co-ordination within and between monitoring networks at a national level, in order to integrate monitoring activities into a common network.
c) The collation and integration of long-term high quality datasets will demonstrate the potential benefits of the outputs from integrated monitoring networks.
d) The dissemination of information from such networks to the public and research communities.
PROGRAMME (pdf 195Kb) :
Chair: Eugene Hendrick, COFORD.
09:30. Welcome and introduction.
09:45. Keynote Speaker. Ernst Schulte/Micheal Hamell, European Commission DG Environment. European forest monitoring networks: Funding structures and opportunities.
10:15. Ted Farrell, UCD. Forest monitoring on a shoestring.
10:45. Pat Neville, Coillte. Overview of Irish forest networks and experience to date.
11:15. Coffee Break and Poster Session.
11:45. Keynote Speaker. James Morison, Forest research UK. Seeing the wood and the trees: Renewed requirements for forest measurement and monitoring in a changing environment.
12:15. John Redmond, Forest Service Ireland. Raising the visibility of the National Forest Inventory.
12:45. Matt Saunders, UCD. Long-term measurements of greenhouse gas fluxes.
13:15. Lunch and Poster Session.
Chair: Bruce Osborne, UCD.
14:00. Keynote Speaker. Annemarie Bastrup-Birk, Danish Centre for Forest Landscape and Planning. EU forest health monitoring.
14:30. Fiona Harrington, Coillte. The FutMon/ForEU project: A vision of future forest monitoring.
15:00. James Johnson, UCD. Long-term trends in deposition and soil water chemistry at intensively monitored forest plots in Ireland: Results of 20 years of forest monitoring.
15:30. Coffee Break and Poster Session.
16:00. John O'Halloran, UCC. Biodiversity in Irish Forests.
16:30. Alison Donnelly, TCD. Phenology as a tool in forest monitoring.
Complete and return registration form by 1 March 2010 by e-mail or fax to:
Dr M. Saunders.
UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science
University College Dublin
Science Centre West
Phone: +353 (1) 7162245
Fax: +353 (1) 7161153
The registration fee will cover coffee breaks and lunches during the working sessions. Please pay by cash or cheque (made payable to Coillte) at the registration desk on arrival.
Registration Fee: 50 Euro
Student/Unwaged: 25 Euro
Glen of the Downs
Phone: +353 (1) 2873399
Fax: +353 (1) 2877511
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