Availability, accessibility, quality and comparability of monitoring data for European forests for use in air pollution and climate change science

Clarke, N.; Fisher, R.; Vries, W. de; Lundin, L.; Paoletti, E.; Merilä, P.; Matteucci, G.; Mirtl, M.; Simpson, D.; Vesala, T.


Data from existing monitoring programmes such as ICP Forests, ICP Integrated Monitoring and EMEP, as well as from large-scale international projects such as CarboEurope IP and NitroEurope, can be used to answer questions about the impacts of air pollution and climate change on forest ecosystems and the feedbacks of forest to climate. However, for full use to be made of the available data, a number of questions need to be answered related to the availability, accessibility, quality and comparability of the data. For example, how can these databases be accessed, e.g., freely, over the internet, on request, by authorisation? How should intellectual property rights be protected, while improving access to data? What possibilities exist for harmonisation? Which quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures have been used and for how long? These and other relevant questions are discussed