07 Jun 2021 - 09 Jun 2021

WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland

FORECOMON 2021 – The 9th Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Conference

Forest Monitoring to assess Forest Functioning under Air Pollution and Climate Change

The goal of FORECOMON 2021 is to highlight the extensive ICP Forests data series on forest growth, phenology, biodiversity, nutritional status of foliage and litter fall, ambient air quality, deposition, meteorology, soil and crown condition. We combine novel modeling approaches and integrate long-term trends to assess air pollution and climate effects on European forests and related ecosystem services. Latest results and conclusions from local scale to European scale studies will be presented and discussed.

As enrichment of the scientific scope of the conference, keynotes will be held by renowned scientists:

  •     Prof. Andreas Rigling (ETHZ/WSL)
  •     “Forest soil carbon cycle under drought - linking experiments, monitoring and natural gradients across Switzerland” by Dr. Frank Hagedorn (WSL)
  •     “Accounting for time: long-term effects of N addition on forest biogeochemistry and C sequestration” by Prof. Federico Magnani (UNIBO)
  •     “Responses of Swiss forests to long- and short-term environmental changes” by Prof. Nina Buchmann (ETHZ)

FORECOMON 2021 will be from 7-9 June 2021 followed by the 37th Task Force Meeting of ICP Forests, taking place on 10-11 June 2021 at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL in Birmensdorf nearby Zurich and by a Post-Conference Excursion from 11-12 June 2021 in the Swiss Alps.


The 2021 Summer School FORMON on the same topic “Forest Monitoring to assess Forest Functioning under Air Pollution and Climate Change”, taking place on 22-28 August 2021 in Davos, Switzerland will complement the Scientific Conference. The 2021 Summer School FORMON is supported by ICP Forests, the SwissForestLab and the European Network for Forest Research and higher Education NFZ.forest.net and aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the concepts, approaches, and available data infrastructure of forest long-term monitoring. Novel modelling and assessment approaches will be discussed considering the expectations to future forests from a scientific, forest management, and socio-economic perspective.

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