Sampling Protocols

The functional significance of forest biodiversity can only be quantified with a reasonable noise-to-signal ratio by sampling a high number of plots ensuring high replication per diversity level. This implies that the measurements of specific tasks cannot be taken by single PhD students alone, but that the local site technicians and other students must help in gathering data. To ensure highest level of data quality despite different co-workers, standardized sampling protocols were developed for each measurement by the leaders of the respective tasks.

T.1.2 Implementation Exploratory Platform: Site selection and plot establishment – Lead: UGent, Kris Verheyen

WP2: Forest biodiversity characterization

Taxonomic and functional forest overstorey diversity

T.2.1 Tree community composition, diversity and regeneration – Lead: CSIC, Fernando Valladares

T.2.3 Regional differentiation and adaptation of tree species (phytometer approach) – Lead: UBE, Markus Fischer

Forest structural diversity

T.2.4 Quantity and quality of dead woody debris – Lead: UWAR, Bogdan Jaroszewicz

T.2.5 Spatio-temporal forest structural complexity – Lead: ULEI, Raphaël Proulx

T.2.6 Understorey vegetation – Lead: UGE, Kris Verheyen

T.2.7 Soil biological activity – Lead: KUL, Bart Muys

Sampling_Protocol_Earthworm Sampling_Jan_2013

Sampling_Protocol_Humus form description and sampling_Jan_2013

Sampling_Protocol_Micro-organism sampling_Jan_2013

WP3: Provisioning and supporting services

Wood and biomass production
T.3.1 Timber quality – Lead: ALU-FR, Jürgen Bauhus

T.3.2 Net aboveground primary productivity and its response to climate change – Lead: UCA, David Coomes, Co-Lead: USV, Olivier Bouriaud

Sampling_Protocol_Tree cores_Jan_2013

T.3.3 Root biomass production – Lead: METLA, Leena Finér

Sampling_Protocol_Fine root biomass_Feb_2013

Sampling_Protocol_Fine root production_Feb_2013

T.3.4 Leaf area index (LAI) and photosynthesis parameters – Lead: UFI, Filippo Bussotti

Nutrient cycling
T.3.5 Nutrient stocks of soils – Lead: UCPH, Karsten Raulund-Rasmussen

T.3.7 Litter production and element fluxes – Lead ALU-FR, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen

T.3.8 Decomposition and mineralization – Lead: CEFE-CNRS, Stephan Hättenschwiler

Hydrological functions and water quality
T.3.9 Water balance and water use efficiency on different scales – Lead: ALU-FR, Arthur Gessler, Co-Lead: INRA, André Granier

T.3.10 Freshwater provisioning and water quality at landscape scale – Lead: FVA, Klaus von Wilpert (water), Co-Lead: ALT, Wim de Vries (nutrients)

Sampling_Protocol_Soil water content_Mar 2011

Sampling_Protocol_Soil water content_Update_Sampling_Manual_Jan 2012

Sampling_Protocol_Soil water content_Appendix_1_Jan_2012

Sampling_Protocol_Soil water content_Appendix_2_Jan_2012

Sampling_Protocol_Soil water content_Appendix_3_Jan_2012

WP4: Regulating Services

T.4.2 Carbon sequestration in soils – Lead: UCPH, Lars Vesterdal

T.4.3 Resistance to Insect Herbivores – Lead: INRA, Hervé Jactel

T.4.4 Beneficial organisms for pest regulation – Lead: M. Deconchat, L. Barbaro and H. Jactel, PhD student: Yohan Charbonnier, Postdoc: Jean‐Yves Barnagaud

T.4.5 Resistance to Mammalian Herbivores – Lead: RHUL, Julia Koricheva

Sampling_Protocol_Mammalian herbivory assessment_Mar 2011

Sampling_Protocol_Assessment of habitat use by mammalian herbivores_Mar 2011

T.4.6 Resistance to Fungal Pathogens – Lead: MLU, Helge Bruelheide, Co-Lead: SLU, Jan Stenlid

T.4.7 Resistance to Invasive Plant Species – Lead: UFZ, Harald Auge

Leaf sampling; related to variouse Tasks

Sampling_Protocol_Sampling of leaves and twigs _Mar 2011

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