Dear friends and colleagues,
I hope this finds you well despite the challenging times and lack of face-to-face meetings. Fortunately, with vaccinations gathering pace, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.
Attached is the annual newsletter and report for 2020 of IUFRO Division 7 (Forest Health) which includes the Pathology and Entomology research groups and working parties. There are news about conference plans, changes of coordinators and deputies, gender balance and geographic balance, etc.
We now have more concrete information on the long planned All-Division 7 conference which will take place from 6 to 9 September 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. This will run back to back with the next ‘International Workshop on the Genetics of Tree-Parasite Interactions in Forestry’ (12-17 September 2022) in Pontevedra, Spain, with a shared pre-/post-conference tour over the weekend between the two meetings.
We trust you find the newsletter interesting. Please share it with colleagues who have not subscribed to our email mailing lists (our main way of distributing it).
Coordinator, IUFRO Division 7 (Forest Health)
Head of Research Unit 'Forest Health and Biotic Interactions'
Zürcherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Tel +41 79 819 0882
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 datasets.
We invite your participation in the e-list to discuss these and related topics.
IUFRO 4.02.01 Coordination Team