Von: Sheila Ward <mahoganyforthefuture(a)gmail.com>
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 24. März 2021 00:04
Betreff: Join the e-list for IUFRO Working Party 4.02.01 Resource Data in the Tropics
You are invited to join the e-list for IUFRO Working Party 4.02.01 Resource Data in the
Tropics, at https://lists.iufro.org/mailman/listinfo/wp40201/
We are focusing the unit on
the discovery, curation, and use of legacy tropical forest datasets.
Much legacy data for tropical forests, including inventory and plot data, are in danger of
being lost. Many tropical forest projects over the years have generated data, but the
information is scattered among different institutions and people, some still only on
paper, some digitized but in older formats.
These legacy datasets are invaluable for understanding how tropical forests change through
time, including the cumulative impacts of land use and climate, and changes in patterns of
biodiversity. change in land use and climate, and changes in patterns of biodiversity and
carbon storage. Many of the forests represented in historical datasets no longer exist, so
these data are the only record of the natural vegetation of the area.
There is also a need to develop a set of standard descriptive metadata, or a metadata
scheme, for describing these datasets. This would assist not only with recovering and
describing old data sets, but also ensure that future datasets can be consistently
described and that their loss can be avoided in the future.
The first step is to review datasets referred to in older meta databases (e.g., ATROFI-UK
and TROPIS) to determine if they are still available, and if they are in need of updated
electronic curation. We are also reaching out via electronic media and networks, to find
additional legacy tropical datasets and information on these studies. The next steps will
be to develop an updated metadatabase regarding these datasets, develop with stakeholders
policy on ownership and appropriate use, seek funding, and electronically curate such
We invite your participation in the e-list to discuss these and related topics.
IUFRO 4.02.01 Coordination Team