Forest Science for people and societal challenges The 90th “Marin Drăcea” INCDS Anniversary

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Contract: MOTTLES, LIFE15 ENV IT 000183
Project duration: 2016-2022
Budget: 123. 732 LEI
Funding: LIFE Program of the European Commission

Project coordinator from INCDS:

Senior researcher I Dr. Ovidiu Badea

The overall objective

Identification of new critical levels for the protection of forests against ozone pollution.


The specific objectives


  • Developing an innovative system for monitoring the effects of O3 on forests in the EU, based on active rather than passive monitoring;
  • Creation of a new generation permanent monitoring system for O3 effects on EU forests;
  • Simultaneous monitoring of forest response indicators and O3 standards across Europe;
  • Elaboration of new usable criteria and legislative standards to protect forests against O3 and to establish a long-term monitoring strategy;
  • Contributing to the realization of forestry policies and the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy and to the effectiveness of policies by developing appropriate standards for effective protection of forests;
  • Supporting the development of recommendations and adaptive management strategies for sustainable forest management;
  • Raising the awareness of stakeholders and experts about the innovative monitoring system and the protection criteria;
  • Providing open access data to be incorporated into the European Forest Data Center and the European Forest Data System;
  • Realization of an EC Forestry Information System for Europe;
  • Supporting future EU decision-making on air quality;
  • To assess whether some regions of the EU are more exposed/vulnerable to the effects of climate change and O3;
  • To allow the exchange of know-how and best practices;
  • Training a generation of young scientists.

Project activities:

B1. Creation of the monitoring system and data collection

B2. Modeling stomatal ozone absorption

B3. Derivation of new critical levels for forest protection

B4. Mapping and future scenarios


The results consisted in the creation of publications, the creation of an innovative system of active monitoring capitalized on a pan-European scale, of a comparable system of information collection at European level and simultaneous monitoring of forest response indicators, of an atlas of foliar damage visible ozone-induced, validated for forest species in Europe, as well as drawing up lists of tree species sensitive to ozone pollution.


Find out more details on the project page