Metla Research project group

Long-term monitoring of forest ecosystems projects (MYT)

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Duration: 2009 - 2014   


The aim of the project cluster is to develop methods for monitoring the impacts of climate change and air pollutants in forest ecosystems.

1. Extensive monitoring

The project carries out annual forest vitality and health surveys using internationally harmonized methods. Homepage

2. Intensive monitoring

The project studies the relationships between forest condition and ecosystem functioning and air pollution and other stress factors. Homepage

3. Forest radioecology

The purpose of the project is to monitor the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident on radioactivity levels in the forests in co-operation with STUK - Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority.


In the beginning of the 1980's the decline in forest condition became of considerable public concern. As a response to this, the Pan-European Forest Condition Monitoring Programme - ICP Forests - was launched in order to assess and monitor the effects of air pollution on the forests in Europe . The ICP Forests programme is based on the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). In the member states of the European Union, forest condition monitoring was based during 1986–2006 on EU regulations (Council regulation (EEC) No 3528) and Forest Focus 2152 (pdf). During 2009–2011 the Pan-European Forest Condition Monitoring continues in the EU/LIFE+ co-financed FutMon project, which aims at "Further Development and Implementation of an EU-level Forest Monitoring System".

Poster: The European Forest Monitoring Programme is being further developed under the FutMon Project (pdf)


The results of the projects are published in national and international reports and scientific journals.

Contacts Merilä, Päivi
The Finnish Forest Research Institute > Luke, Oulu Unit, PO Box 413, FI-90014 Oulun yliopisto, FINLAND,
phone +358 29 532 2111, e-mail


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