We hope to compile information on orphaned data for tropical forests, including inventory and plot data, that are in danger of being lost. Many projects over the years have generated a lot of tropical forest data. But the information is scattered among different institutions and people, some still only on paper, some digitized but in older formats.
TROPIS and ATROFI-UK are two previous databases that compiled metadata on forest plots and inventories. The data for certain plots are available at www.forestplots.net and its associated networks. But other plots and inventories still need attention, re-discovery even. We would like to compile information on datasets that should be digitized or transformed to an up-to-date digital format. The goal is firstly to make metadata on these datasets available on a publicly accessible website, and then to try to secure the data itself by pushing for appropriate curation with open-access availability.
These legacy datasets are invaluable for understanding how tropical forests change through time, including the cumulative impacts of changes in land use and climate, and changes in patterns of biodiversity and carbon storage. The past can help inform the future.
If you know of any such orphaned databases for tropical forests, please send a message to: Gillian Petrokofsky gillian.petrokofsky(a)zoo.ox.ac.uk or Sheila Ward sheila.emily.ward(a)gmail.com. Please pass this message on to anyone who might be interested.
Coordinator, IUFRO 1.02.04
Deputy Coordinator, IUFRO 9.01.01
Experiences with Adaptive Measures in Forestry and Forest Restoration under Global Change
The members of the IUFRO Task Force "Forest Adaptation and Restoration under Global Change" are conducting a survey to gain data and insights for developing best practice approaches for forest adaptation and restoration under global change. This survey relies on the knowledge of experts/professionals from forestry and related fields and their information about actual examples of Adaptive Measures in Forestry and Forest Restoration, thus we would like to kindly ask you for your participation.
The collected data will contribute valuable information to a study of the local and regional experiences with Adaptive Forest Management (AFM) and Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) under climate- and societal change with the aim to increase the adaptive capacity of forests and forest landscapes with regards to those changes.
Please visit <http://gdi.thuenen.de/wo/limesurvey/index.php/883655?lang=en> http://gdi.thuenen.de/wo/limesurvey/index.php/883655?lang=en and fill in the questionnaire – the Task Force greatly appreciates your help in this matter!
(For details on the Task Force, please visit http://www.iufro.org/science/task-forces/forest-adaptation-restoration/).
posted by IUFRO Headquarters on behalf of:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Bolte
Institutsleiter / Head of Institute
Thünen-Institut für Waldökosysteme / Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems A.-Möller-Str. 1
D-16225 Eberswalde (Germany)
Tel: +49 3334 3820-344
Fax: +49 3334 3820-354
Das Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Ländliche Räume, Wald und Fischerei – kurz: Thünen-Institut – besteht aus 14 Fachinstituten, die in den Bereichen Ökonomie, Ökologie und Technologie forschen und die Politik beraten. / The Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries – Thünen Institute in brief – consists of 14 specialized institutes that carry out research and provide policy advice in the fields of economy, ecology and technology.