Expected results

This project will enable the validation of the stomatal flux model, the refinement of criteria and the suggestion of validated thresholds for the protection of forests against ozone and climate change. These results will serve as a decision-support tool for national and European authorities.

The ecological indicators are an evolving tool, a starting point to be refined and revised as necessary. With information in hand, policymakers can make informed decisions about proposed changes to legislation and associated activities. The indicators are needed to improve understanding and monitoring of the effects of air pollutants on ecosystems and to scientifically assess the effectiveness of air pollution control strategies.

These results will be able to serve to establish lists of sensitive tree species for the forest management adaptation. This action interests the forest managers for the conservation of forest by an adapted global management. Adaptation measures are needed to ensure that the ecosystem services provided by forests are maintained under future climates. Sustainable forest management is essential for reducing the vulnerability of forests to climate change.


Expected results

(0) Management

A well-organised team, which will effectively deal with all the scientific, financial and administrative issues.

Development and implementation of the monitoring protocol

(1) Ozone exposure and ozone injury300

Clarify cause-effect relationship between ozone concentrations and forest health data
Provide data on status and trends of forest health
Lists of sensitive tree species for the forest management adaptation

(2) Measurements of ozone fluxes – Refinement of methods

New standards, more appropriated, based on the quantity of ozone, absorbed by plants
Refinement of criteria and suggestion of validated thresholds for forest protection
Validation of the stomatal flux model DO3SE
Transfer function towards other areas

Harmonisation and improvement of existing methods concerning ozone monitoring

(3) Spatial variability of ozone impacts

Assessment of ozone risk indicators
Maps of potential risk indicators and exceedances for forests
Establish a system to detect and evaluate changes in forests health in Europe, according to harmonised methods at all scale levels

Decision-support tool for national and European authorities

(4) Communication

Website implemented
Great impact on the main target audience and on the environmental problem targeted

Many communication and dissemination tools

(5) Life networking

Exchange of experience of relevant know-how
“Network of Life” projects

Create a network of European experts on these issues

(6) After-Life plan

Project’s website operational and on-line
“After-Life communication plan” deliverable

Dissemination of project’s results