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ICP IM Activities

Review of the ICP IM activities in 2016-2017


  • ICP IM Programme Manager Martin Forsius and Maria Holmberg participated in the Annual meetings of the LTER-Europe network and the eLTER H2020 project in Riga, Latvia, 15–16 June 2016.
  • The Chairman Lars Lundin and Martin Forsius represented ICP IM in the Second Joint Session of the Steering Body to the EMEP and the Working Group on Effects in Geneva, Switzerland, 13–16 September 2016.
  • Martin Forsius took part in the International Long-Term Ecological Research (ILTER) 1st Open Science Meeting: Long-Term Ecosystem Research for sustainability under global changes – Findings and challenges of ILTER from local to global scales, organized in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, 9–13 October 2016.
  • Maria Holmberg represented ICP IM programme in the Joint Expert Group on Modelling (JEG) meeting 26–28 October 2016 in Sitges, Spain.
  • Martin Forsius participated in the AdvanceLTER kick-off meeting in Leipzig, Germany, 1– 2 February 2017.
  • Lars Lundin represented ICP IM in the Joint EMEP Steering Body and Working Group on Effects bureaux meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, 20–23 March 2017.
  • Martin Forsius participated in the eLTER workshop in Creete, Greece, 27–31 March 2017.
  • The twenty-fifth meeting of the Programme Task Force on ICP Integrated Monitoring was organized as a joint 2017 Task Force Meeting of ICP Waters and ICP Integrated Monitoring in Uppsala, Sweden from May 9 to May 11, 2017.

Projects, data issues

After December 1st 2016 the National Focal Points (NFPs) reported their 2015 results to the ICP IM Programme Centre. The Programme Centre carried out standard check-up of the results and incorporated them into the IM database.

Scientific work in priority topics

  • The Programme Centre prepared the ICP IM contribution to the Joint Report 2016 of the ICPs, TF health and Joint Expert Group on Dynamic Modelling for the WGE (ECE/EB.AIR/GE.1/2016/3 - ECE/EB.AIR/WG.1/2016/3).
  • Scientific paper: Long-term sulphate and inorganic nitrogen mass balance budgets in European ICP Integrated Monitoring catchments (1990–2012) (J. Vuorenmaa et al.) was finalized and was published in Ecological Indicators.
  • Report on connections between calculated CL exceedances and observed impacts of nitrogen (Maria Holmberg, Jussi Vuorenmaa et al.) is included as chapter ‘Relationship between critical load exceedances and empirical impact indicators at IM sites’ in the present Annual Report.
  • Report on concentrations of heavy metals in important forest ecosystem compartments (Staffan Åkerblom & Lars Lundin) is presented in this Annual Report.
  • ICP IM has contributed to the Joint Report on mercury in the aquatic environment (Joint report together with ICP Waters).
  • ICP IM participates in a joint coordinated exercise on dynamic modelling together with other ICPs (Joint Expert Group on Dynamic Modelling, JEG DM). Priority in the ICP IM work is given to site-specific modelling activities and development/testing of new methodologies for assessing the connections between air pollution and climate change.

Activities and tasks planned for 2018-2019

Activities/tasks related to the programme's present objectives, carried out in close collaboration with other ICPs/ Task Forces

According to the ICP IM workplan, ICP IM will produce the following reports:
2018: Scientific paper on long-term trends in atmospheric deposition and runoff water chemistry of S and N compounds at ICP IM catchments in relation to changes in emissions and hydro meteorological conditions
2018: Scientific paper on dynamic modelling on the impacts of future deposition scenarios on soil and water conditions in ICP IM catchments
2019: Report on dynamic modelling on the impacts of deposition and climate change scenarios on ground vegetation
2019: Scientific paper on the relationship between critical load exceedances and empirical ecosystem impact indicators

Other activities

  • Maintenance and development of central ICP IM database at the Programme Centre
  • Arrangement of the 26th Task Force meeting (2018)
  • Preparation of the 27th ICP IM Annual Report (2018)
  • Preparation of the ICP IM contribution to assessment reports of the WGE
  • Participation in meetings of the WGE, other ICPs and the JEG DM

Activities/tasks aimed at further development of the programme

  • Participation in the development of the European LTER-network (Long Term Ecological Research network,, the EU/H2020 eLTER-project.

  • Participation in the activities of other external organisations, particularly the International Long Term Ecological Research Network (ILTER,

Published 2013-06-06 at 10:43, updated 2017-12-01 at 10:10
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