The Terrestrial Ecosystems Monitoring Programme (TOV)

Updated 2016-05-02

TOV is based on integrated monitoring where species and ecosystems are seen in context, providing better opportunities to interpret the results. TOV areas include seven monitoring sites in Boreal birch forest, all nature-protected areas. Lund in the south to Dividalen north is monitoring; lichen and algae on trees, ground vegetation, rodents, passerine birds, grouse, Gyrfalcon and Golden Eagle. There are also 10 Boreal spruce forest areas monitored, only for ground vegetation. The range of areas reflects both climate variability and differences in impacts from long-range pollutants throughout the country.

Monitoring of flora and vegetation includes records of species and species composition of ground vegetation and mosses, lichens and fungi on tree trunks. Fauna monitoring includes population and reproduction monitoring for species which may indicate effects of long-range transboundary air pollution, and population monitoring of key species. In addition, a nationwide survey of selected variables, prevalence of lichen and algae on trees, as well as contaminants in wildlife species and eggs from birds of prey. Observed changes are considered in relation to the influence of anthropogenic factors.

Time frame

Status
Ongoing
Project time span
1988 -
Data collection
1988 -
Data processing
1988 -
Data reporting
1988 -

Contact information

Contact person
Reidar Hindrum/ Erik Fremstad
Address

Reidar Hindrum (reidar.hindrum@miljodir.no)

Erik Framstad (Erik.Framstad@nina.no)

Phone
+4790064497
Fax
+47 73 58 05 01
Email
on.ridojlim@murdnih.radier

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Acidification parameters
Biological effects
Climate change effects
Heavy metals
Other metals/elements
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Algae (algae, phytoplankton)
Fungi
Higher plants
Lichens
Mosses
Soil/Humus
Terrestrial birds
Terrestrial mammals

Geography

Regions studied
Norway, continental
Stations or areas where observations are made
Solhomfjell
Lund
Møsvatn
Gutulia
Åmotsdalen
Børgefjell
Dividalen
Rausjømarka
Paulen
Lundneset
Grytdalen
Bringen
Otterstadstølen
Urvatnet
Øyenskavelen
Granneset

Data availability

Data availability and access

Norwegian Environment Agency (https://tov.miljodirektoratet.no/)

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (http://www.nina.no/)

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
No

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

Vegetation mapping and analysis, topography, soil chemistry, soil physics, rodent censuses, breeding success of selected raptors, population density of willow grouse, population density of passerine birds, extensive monitoring of breeding terrestrial birds, quicksilver and organic pollutants in raptors (egg analysis).

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
No
Other institutes involved in the project

Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management (DN), Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

NIVA is directly involved in sampling, analyses and reporting Networks: Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), European Environment Agency (EEA)

Indigenous AND traditional knowledge used in this project

No

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