Workshops

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5-11 October
Salt Lake city, USA

IUFRO 2014 World Congress
Alessandra De Marco and Elena Paoletti
2492 participants

Healthy forests are foundational to the delivery of ecosystem goods and services, yet these benefits are under threat from sources ranging from climate change to globalization. Sessions within this Theme focus on trends in hazard occurrence (e.g. air pollution, responses to climate change); vulnerability of forests; society and forest health; risk mitigation and global trade issues. All information are available online(http://iufro2014.com).

The workshop was offered by Switzerland on the basis of the following general recommendations from the 27th meeting of ICP Vegetation, held in Paris, 28-30 January 2014: (i) Further epidemiological studies should be conducted to validate critical levels and (ii) Develop flux-effect relationships and associated critical levels for vegetation.

Elena Paoletti and Alessandra De Marco were organizers and chairs of two sessions during this world congress: Ozone and forest health (E. Paoletti) and Modeling as a tool for improving the knowledge on forest vulnerability and risk exposure in a changing world (A. De Marco).

The both sessions stressed on the impacts of climate change on ozone formation and ozone damage to vegetation and focused on the different modeling approaches to assess the effects of climate change and air pollution on forest ecosystems.


16-17 September 2014
Basel, Switzerland

Expert Workshop on Epidemiological Analysis
Alessandra De Marco and Elena Paoletti
9 experts

The Expert Workshop on Epidemiological Analysis of Air Pollution Effects on Vegetation was organized by the Institute of Applied Plant Biology in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment. The workshop was attended by experts from Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, all involved in applying epidemiological methodologies to analyze air pollution effects.

The workshop was offered by Switzerland on the basis of the following general recommendations from the 27th meeting of ICP Vegetation, held in Paris, 28-30 January 2014: (i) Further epidemiological studies should be conducted to validate critical levels and (ii) Develop flux-effect relationships and associated critical levels for vegetation.

A. De Marco presented data from a field survey of ozone-induced symptoms (ICP-Forests protocol) at 54 plots in South-eastern France and North-western Italy. Stomatal ozone fluxes were modelled and correlated to visible injury (stippling/mottling, crown discoloration and leaf loss) in 2012 and 2013. The indicators POD0 and POD1 were calculated using the DO3SE model with parameterization for Mediterranean and continental deciduous broadleaf forests and conifers. The dataset was explored using the Spearman rank test. POD0 was the better indicator for visible injury than POD1 while AOT40 was the best predictor for discoloration or defoliation.


3-4 July 2014
Lisbon, Portugal

Committee on Air Pollution Effects on Mediterranean Ecosystems
Alessandra De Marco, Elena Paoletti, Pierre Sicard
37 participants

In recent years, members of the air pollution scientific community have made important new advances for understanding and quantifying current impacts of air pollution on Mediterranean ecosystems. As we learn more about it, we come to realize the fragility of this landscape to air pollution and the importance of this new knowledge to understand implication of climate change on Mediterranean ecosystems. This meeting is the first step and an innovative decision to build the first experts panel around the Mediterranean basin with respect to the air pollution and climate change impacts on Mediterranean ecosystems. This meeting allowed attracting a broad participation and fostering scientific collaborations among researchers. Elena Paoletti was chair of the session “Possible common initiatives”.

We showed that an assessment based on PODY and on real plant symptoms is more appropriated than the concentration-based method. Indeed, POD0 was better correlated with visible foliar O3 injury than AOT40, whereas AOT40 was better correlated with crown discoloration and defoliation (aspecific indicators). Including SWC in any DO3SE simulation and using the lowest Y threshold, i.e. POD0, are recommended.

Pictures during the CaperMed workshop in Lisbon with E. Paoletti.

8-12 June 2014
Monterey Bay, USA

Air Pollution and Global Change Symposium - Plants and the Changing Environment
Alessandra De Marco, Yasutomo Hoshika and Elena Paoletti
39 participants

We contribute to developing our knowledge of modelling and monitoring of ozone effects on forests. We reported our current research progress as the European-level assessment of ozone flux modeling and epidemiological monitoring in forests, the field monitoring of ozone flux in Meditteranean forests and the development of leaf-level stomatal ozone uptake modelling.

A. De Marco and S. Fares during the Air Pollution and Global Change Symposium in Monterey (USA).

18-21 May 2014
Beijing, China

Ozone and Plants
Alessandra De Marco, Elena Paoletti, Stan Cieslik
102 participants

The conference ‘Ozone and Plants’ was held on May 18-21, 2014, in Beijing, China, and was hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, on behalf of the IUFRO Research Group 7.01.00 “Impacts of Air Pollution and Climate Change on Forest Ecosystems”. As part of the conference, a special session was organised by the Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution on behalf of UNECE. The conference was attended by 102 experts from 17 countries with a total of 48 oral presentations and 40 posters.

There is a need to set-up coordinated surface O3 monitoring programs across the world to validate modelled surface O3 concentrations and deposition. There is a need to collate further field-based evidence for the impacts of ambient O3 on vegetation, including crop yield (e.g. bio-monitoring studies, air filtration experiments). There is a need to establish further free air ozone exposure studies to quantify the adverse impact of O3 on vegetation under field conditions. There is a need to develop ozone dose-response relationships and critical levels for vegetation, in particular under Asian conditions. Sensitivity for ozone should be included in crop breeding programs to mitigate the threat of ozone pollution to food security. There is a need to communicate the severity of the threat of ozone pollution to food security, carbon sequestration and other ecosystem services affecting human wellbeing to stakeholders such as crop breeders, farmers and policy makers.

All participants during the “Ozone & Plants” workshop in Beijing.

3-6 March 2014
Eberswalde, Germany

Expert Panel Meeting ICP Forests
Alessandra De Marco
15 European experts

During this expert workshop (discussion and exchanges of know-how) about the “Ozone concentration, exposure and foliar injury in European forests: a ten-year study on permanent monitoring plots”, A. De Marco presented and exchanged with the different European experts from the ICP-Forests community. She presented the main results of FO3REST (i.e. PODY more appropriated than AOT40) and she stressed on the importance of SWC in any DO3SE simulation and on the use of the lowest Y threshold. Following this small meeting and the ICP-Forest event (Athens, May 2014), an executive report was released.


January 2014
Paris, France

27th Task Force meeting ICP-Vegetation

The 27th meeting of the Programme Task Force was held from 28-30 January, 2014 in Paris, France. The meeting was hosted by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency in collaboration with AgroParisTech, INRA and Université Paris-Est Creteil. The meeting was attended by 84 experts from 22 countries. A. De Marco was chair of the ozone session on 29th January.

A. De Marco chair of the ozone session during the ICP-Vegetation workshop in Paris.

17-20 November 2013
Beijing, China

Urban Environmental Pollution

The effects of cities on people are not well-understood. Cities require huge amounts of energy, resulting in large quantities of waste products, causing unsustainable environments. Cities are sources of air, water and soil pollution. Light and noise pollution are now known to adversely affect urban people. The role of urban heat islands and air pollution, PM2.5 and ozone, on human health is beginning to emerge. Lack of green space may have psychological effects for urban dwellers.

Pictures during the UEP workshop in Beijing with A. De Marco, E. Paoletti and P. Sicard

16-19 September 2013
Università di Bolzano, Italy

SISEF Conference

During the SISEF (Società Italiana di Selvicoltura ed Ecologia Forestale) conference at the University of Bozen, Italy, Dr. Elena Paoletti and her collaborator Giulia Carriero, showed preliminary results and coming developments about the FO3REST project during a poster session (249 participants).


1-6 September 2013
Ilhéus, Brazil

IUFRO - Conference “Impacts of Air Pollution and Climate Change on Forest Ecosystems“

The international bi-annual conference of the IUFRO Research Group 7.01 “Impacts of Air Pollution and Climate Change on Forest Ecosystems” scheduled for 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has been entitled “Vegetation Response to Climate Change and Air Pollution: Unifying research and evidence across northern and southern hemispheres". The conference provided an attractive stage for fruitful scientific discussion and assessment of the current state of knowledge (86 participants).

Pictures during the IUFRO in Ilhéus with Alessandra De Marco and Pierre Sicard

27 March 2013
Marseille, France

Presentation to DRAAF

An agreement of co-financing was signed between the French Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Rural Affairs and Town and Country Planning (MAAPRAT-DRAAF) and GIEFS and ACRI-ST. ACRI-ST and GIEFS presented the project's activities progress and first results.


28-31 January, 2013
Halmstad, Sweden

ICP-Vegetation 2013

The twenty-six meeting of the Programme Task Force was held from 28-30 January, 2013 in Halmstad, Sweden. The ICP Vegetation is an international research programme investigating the impacts of air pollutants on crops and (semi-)natural vegetation and reports to the Working Group on Effects. The meeting was hosted by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and the Department of Biological Sciences, Gothenburg, with final support from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. The meeting was attended by 63 experts from 21 countries.

The programme focuses on the following air pollution problems: impacts of ozone pollution on vegetation and the atmospheric deposition of heavy metals and nitrogen to vegetation. In addition, the ICP Vegetation is taking into consideration impacts of pollutant mixtures (e.g. ozone and nitrogen), consequences for biodiversity and the modifying influence of climate change on the impacts of air pollutants on vegetation.

Pictures during the ICP-Vegetation in Halmstad with Alessandra De Marco and Silvano Fares

1st October 2012
Nice, France

Annual meeting « Plan Climat Energie des Alpes-Maritimes »

Oral presentation during the Annual meeting « Plan Climat Energie des Alpes-Maritimes », Nice, 1er October 2012 - Sicard P., Vas N., Dalstein-Richier L., « Adaptation au changement climatique : les effets de la pollution à l’ozone sur la forêt méditerranéenne ».

2-4 September, 2012
Karamarmaras, Turkey

IUFRO conference

The aim of the conference was to provide a harmonization of forests, water cycle, climate change and air pollution issues, with focus on Mediterranean ecosystems adaptation to climate change. Between the conference topic were the application of GIS methodologies finalized to planning natural resources and the interaction between air pollution and forest hydrology. Considering this topics the Italian poster resulted to be very interesting for conference participant, mostly coming from Turkey, a highly polluted country in the Mediterranean basin, characterized by same peculiarity of Italian soil aridity conditions.

2nd October, 2012
Saint-Antonin-sur-Bayon, France

Training session

A one-day meeting was organized by ACRI-ST and GIEFS: a half-day on the field for the identification and the development the ozone symptoms and a half-day with a presentation of the FO3REST project. The target audiences were composed of foresters and local authorities.

25th May, 2012
26th May, 2012
Brescia, Italy
Florence, Italy

LIFE+ 20th anniversary event

ENEA will present the FO3REST project during the Life 20th event that will be held on May 25th in Brescia, Italy, during an Italian meeting in the University of Brescia: FO3REST - “Air and forest health” - Presentation of the objectives, experimental actions and expected results of the project in collaboration with other LIFE+ project.
During the annual Terra Futura fair, on 26th May, IPP-CNR will explain to the people what is FO3REST and which are the main objectives of this project. A practical demonstration with ozone visible injury assessment, gas exchange and ozone concentrations measurements will be also carried out.
Pictures during the meeting with Elena Paoletti and Giulia Carriero

18-27 May, 2012
Kaunas, Lithuania

COST/IUFRO: Biological Reactions of Forests to Climate Change and Air Pollution

The International conference on biological reactions of forests to climate change and air pollution at Kaunas (Lithuania) was organized by IUFRO Research Group, North American Air Pollution Workshop, COST Action FP0903, ENVeurope Project and ICP Integrated Monitoring. Joining this international conference allowed us to get in touch with the most updated knowledge about ozone and forests, develop new contacts, enhance collaborations, and have a trade-off of ideas with researchers of throughout the world.
Pictures during the COST/IUFRO in Kaunas with Elena Paoletti, Giulia Carriero, Silvano Fares and Alessandra De Marco


21-22 March, 2012
Oléron, France

20th CATAENET meeting

ONF has organized this meeting where different actions realized on RENECOFOR plots were presented. The GIEFS has showed ozone results on RENECOFOR plots and a PowerPoint on FO3REST project. The target audience was composed of the responsible staff of RENECOFOR (ONF Fontainebleau) and the ONF technical staff involved on forest monitoring.


16 September, 2011
Annot, France

Training course on ozone symptoms for French foresters

A one-day meeting was organized by the GIEFS: a half-day on the field for the identification and the development the ozone symptoms and a half-day with a PowerPoint including the presentation of the FO3REST project. The target audiences were composed of DSF (Forest Health Department) and foresters.

September, 2011
May, 2012
PACA, France

Communication with foresters, politicians…

ACRI-ST and GIEFS have contacted some politicians (General Council, Minister), stakeholders and foresters (Mercantour National Park, Office National des Forêts, Forest Health Department, French Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Rural Affairs and Town and Country Planning, Grand Site Sainte-Victoire…) in order to present the project and expected results. The actions interest particularly the managers of forest environments for the protection and conservation forests by an adapted global management. These results will be able to serve to establish lists of sensitive tree species for the forest management adaptation.