IUFRO Canopy Processes Working Group Workshop in the
Brief Description (Full Meeting Details and Call for Abstracts at http://people.bu.edu/nathan/IUFRO06announce.htm)
How environmental change impacts forests at the regional scale
is a question of intense current interest, for both fundamental and applied
reasons: Regions are defined both as natural biogeographic
units that exhibit some degree of coherent response to environmental change,
and political units that are critical for issues like carbon accounting and
water resources. The eastern
Dates: October 6-13, 2006
Location: Traveling workshop: We propose to visit and discuss research in a circuit beginning at Durham, New Hampshire, through Bartlett Experimental Forest (White Mountains, New Hampshire), Harvard Forest (central Massachusetts), and Black Rock Forest (Hudson River Valley, New York). The meeting is scheduled to coincide with autumn leaf fall, an outstanding natural feature of this region and a visual manifestation of the link between climate and forest function. Lodging and meetings will occur at two or three of the above sites, with day trips to the other sites. Options for low cost to resort style accommodations are planned. Funding will be sought to subsidize student participation.
Participants: Researchers working across a wide range of space and time scales to understand forest response to environmental change will be invited to participate in this workshop. Specifically, this meeting should appeal to researchers studying leaf level, organismal, ecosystem, and landscape structure and processes using tools including gas exchange equipment, isotope biogeochemistry, eddy covariance, forest inventory methods, geographic information systems, and remote sensing. Scientists from both the modeling and experimental communities will be invited to participate with the goal of promoting cross-fertilization of efforts.
Meeting structure: We propose to continue the tradition of smaller, focused, workshops, mixing presentations and poster presentations with visits to field sites. We would like the meeting to be small enough (~85 people), so that participants can forge lasting relationships with other colleagues around the world. We will invite keynote presentations from promising young scientists (and perhaps a few promising students). We will also encourage contributed papers that focus on the meeting theme. We also would like to organize a few miniworkshops, focusing on measurement (for example, eddy flux, gas exchange measurements, sapflow, remote sensing, GIS), designed to get students more familiar with current techniques.