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ICP IM Activities

Review of the ICP IM activities from June1st 2019 to June 1st, 2020

Meetings

  • The twenty-seventh meeting of the Programme Task Force on ICP Integrated Monitoring was organised as a joint 2019 Task Force Meeting of ICP Waters and ICP Integrated Monitoring in Helsinki, Finland from June 4 to June 6, 2019.
  • Sören Wulff (Swedish National Focal Point in ICP Forest) kindly represented ICP IM and gave a presentation on ICP IM activities (prepared by Ulf Grandin) in the 35th Task Force Meeting of ICP Forests in Ankara, Turkey, 13–14 June 2019.
  • ICP IM Programme Manager Martin Forsius and Maria Holmberg represented ICP IM in the 2nd ILTER Open Science Meeting in Leipzig, Germany 2–6 September 2019.
  • Martin Forsius and Co-Chair Ulf Grandin represented ICP IM and Co-Chair Salar Valinia represented Sweden in the Fifth Joint Session of the Working Group on Effects and the Steering Body to EMEP in Geneva, Switzerland, 9–13 September 2019.
  • Ulf Grandin took part in the eLTER PPP (Preparatory Phase Project) and PLUS (Advanced Community project) shareholder meeting in Berlin 8-9 October 2019.
  • Martin Forsius attended NKL (Nordiska Klimat och Luftgruppen) Workshop in Oslo, Norway, 19–20 November 2019. 
  • Martin Forsius and Ulf Grandin represented ICP IM and Salar Valinia represented Sweden in the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution 40th Anniversary Special Session in Geneva, Switzerland, 11–12 December 2019.
  • Martin Forsius took part in the eLTER PPP and PLUS Steering Committee’s planning meeting in Berlin, Germany, 18–19 February 2020.
  • Martin Forsius participated in the videoconference of the Joint meeting of EMEP Steering Body and Working Group on Effects Extended Bureau, 24–26 March 2020.
  • Martin Forsius, Ulf Grandin and Maria Holmberg participated in the online kick-off meeting of the two new eLTER projects - eLTER PLUS (Advanced Community project) and eLTER PPP (Preparatory Phase project) from 30 March to 3 April 2020.
  • Maria Holmberg represented ICP IM in the 36th Modelling & Mapping virtual Task Force Meeting 21–22 April 2020.
  • The twenty-eight meeting of the Programme Task Force on ICP Integrated Monitoring to be held in Riga, Latvia, was organised as an on-line meeting on 13–14 May 2020 due to the outbreak of Corona virus.

Projects, data issues

After December 1st, 2019 the National Focal Points (NFPs) reported their 2018 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 2018 of the ICPs, TF health and Joint Expert Group on Dynamic Modelling for the WGE (ECE/EB.AIR/GE.1/2019/3– ECE/EB.AIR/WG.1/2019/3).
  • A manuscript for the scientific paper ‘Assessing critical load exceedances and ecosystem impacts of N and S deposition at calibrated forested catchments in Europe’ (Forsius et al.) was prepared.
  • Report on Hg and HM trends in concentrations and fluxes across ICP Integrated Monitoring sites in Europe (Eklöf et al.) is included as chapter 2 ‘Temporal trends and input - output budgets of heavy metals in ICP IM catchments’ in the 29thAnnual Report. A scientific paper on this topic is planned for 2021.
  • An interim assessment ‘Long-term changes in the inorganic nitrogen output in European ICP Integrated Monitoring catchments – an assessment of the impact of internal nitrogen-related parameters and exceedances of critical loads of eutrophication’ (Vuorenmaa et al.) is presented as chapter 3 in 29th Annual Report. A scientific paper will be finalised in 2020.
  • ICP IM participates also in the work of Joint Expert Group on Dynamic Modelling (JEG) of the WGE. Since September 2019, this expert group has reorganised into an international designated centre under the International Cooperative Programme on Modelling and Mapping, under the name Centre for Dynamic Modelling (CDM). 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 2020-2021

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

According to the WGE work plan, ICP IM will produce the following reports/papers:

  • 2020: Scientific paper on the impacts of catchment characteristics, climate and hydrology on N processes (WGE item 1.1.1.15, listed as: Scientific paper on impacts of internal catchment related nitrogen parameters to total inorganic nutrient nitrogen (TIN) leaching)
  • 2020: Scientific paper on effects of nitrogen enrichment on forest vegetation. A cooperation between ICP IM & ICP Forests. (WGE item 1.1.1.17)
  • 2021: Scientific paper on Hg and HM trends in concentrations and fluxes across ICP Integrated Monitoring sites in Europe (WGE item 1.1.1.1.6)

In addition to the items on the WGE work plan, ICP IM aims at producing the following scientific outputs:

  • 2020/21: Scientific paper on the relationship between critical load exceedances and empirical ecosystem impact indicators, manuscript (Forsius et al.) available
  • 2020/21: Scientific paper on the recovery in the epiphytic lichen community in the IM catchments, after the decrease in S deposition, manuscript (Weldon & Grandin) submitted
  • 2020: Progress report on heavy metal trends in concentrations and fluxes across ICP IM sites in Europe, potentially in cooperation with ICP Waters

Other activities

  • Maintenance and development of central ICP IM database
  • Arrangement of the 29th Task Force meeting (2021)
  • Preparation of the 30th ICP IM Annual Report (2021
  • Preparation of the ICP IM contribution to assessment reports of the WGE
  • Participation in meetings of the WGE and other ICPs

Activities/tasks aimed at further development of the programme

  • Participation in the development of the European LTER network (Long Term Ecosystem Research Network, www.lter-europe.net) and eLTER-RI (European Research Infrastructure) after being adopted by the 2018 ESFRI Roadmap. The RI is built by the two Horizon 2020 projects “eLTER PPP” (Preparatory Phase Project) and “eLTER PLUS” (Advanced Community project)
  • Participation in the activities of other external organisations, particularly the International Long Term Ecological Research Network (ILTER, www.ilternet.edu).
Published 2013-06-06 at 10:43, updated 2020-06-24 at 11:24
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