Focus Monitoring Database System Executive Summary Report 2004 Level II Data

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This Executive Summary Report for 2004 Level II data supplements the Technical Report for the same monitoring year. It presents a concise account of the data submitted and the results obtained from validating the data. Problems encountered with a general character and particularities with significant consequence on the overall project are also included in the report. For details and technical background of the data and the validation process the 2004 Technical Report should be referred to.

1.1 Background

Forest Focus (Regulation (EC) No 2152/20031) is a Community scheme for harmonised, broad-based, comprehensive and long-term monitoring of European forest ecosystems. The monitoring programme of air pollution effects is linked to International Cooperative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forest (ICP Forests). ICP Forests reports to the working Group on Effects of the Convention of the Long-Range Trans-boundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE).

Countries participating in the scheme designate authorities and agencies as National Focal Centres (NFCs) submit annually to DG Joint Research Centre of the European Commission their observations made on the network of observation plots for intensive and continuous monitoring (Level II). For managing the data DG JRC has implemented a Forest Focus Monitoring Database System. The system was developed and implemented under contract by a Consortium, coordinated by I-MAGE Consult with Nouvelles Solutions Informatiques s.a. (NSI) as consortium partner and the Bundesforschungsanstalt für Forst- und Holzwirtschaft (BFH) as sub-contractor.

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