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Annals of Forest Science

, Volume 71, Issue 5, pp 523–525 | Cite as

The open data debate: a need for accessible and shared data in forest science

  • Bruno Fady
  • Alain Benard
  • Christian Pichot
  • Marianne Peiffer
  • Jean Michel Leban
  • Erwin DreyerEmail author
Editorial

During the last decade, large data sets have been increasingly used to address key questions in the field of forest science, including: (1) the impact of climate change on productivity and species distribution; (2) the long-term course of carbon, water, and nutrient cycles; (3) the spread and virulence of pathogens; (4) the genetic basis of local adaptation; and (5) sustainable socio-economic strategies (Rehfeldt et al. 2001, 2002; Diaz-Balteiro and Romero 2008; Cappa et al. 2012; Benito-Garzón et al. 2013; Porth et al. 2013; Stephenson et al. 2014). Sound data are difficult to produce in forest science because trees are long lived, are elements of complex ecosystems, and are not easily amenable to simple experiments. Yet, foresters have observed, monitored, and measured trees and forest ecosystems for a very long time, producing impressive data sets. International provenance tests are carefully monitored since the early twentieth centrury (Rehfeldt et al. 2001, 2002); they compare in...

Keywords

Editorial Board Ecological Data Sound Data Forest Science Data Debate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruno Fady
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alain Benard
    • 3
    • 4
  • Christian Pichot
    • 1
  • Marianne Peiffer
    • 5
  • Jean Michel Leban
    • 5
  • Erwin Dreyer
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.INRAUR 629, Ecologie des Forêts Méditerranéennes, Domaine St Paul, Site AgroparcAvignonFrance
  2. 2.FRB, Centre de Synthèse et d’Analyse de la Biodiversité (CESAB)Technopôle de l’Environnement Arbois-MéditerranéeAix en ProvenceFrance
  3. 3.INRAUMR 1137 Ecologie et Ecophysiologie ForestièresChampenouxFrance
  4. 4.Université de LorraineUMR 1137, Ecologie et Ecophysiologie Forestières, Faculté des Sciences et TechniquesVandoeuvreFrance
  5. 5.INRAAnnals of Forest Science, Editorial BureauChampenouxFrance

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