Monitoring of forest damage in the eastern region of Finnmark, Norway

Updated 2000-11-08

The aim of the project is to monitor forest health in the border areas between Norway and Russia. The impact on the forest ecosystems in the border areas is varying. In the areas close to the nickel smelter (in Nikel), the damage is serious, while the damage on the Norwegian areas are much less. Here the damage is mostly related to lack of lichen vegetation on birch stems. The moss vegetation in the bottom layer is also influenced. In some cases, when certain weather conditions fell together with high emissions of sulphur dioxide, visible damage has been developed on leaves of shrubs and trees, even on Norwegian territory. Even the emission normally does not cause visible damage on Norwegian territory; chemical influenced is traced over large Norwegian areas

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
1988 -
Data collection
1988 - 1994
Data processing
1988 - 1994
Data reporting
1988 - 1994

Contact information

Contact person
Dan Aamlid
Norwegian Forest Research Institute Høgskolevn 12 N-1432 Ås Norway
+47 64 94 90 00
+47 64 94 29 80
Other project contacts
Per Arild Aarrestad NINA Tungasletta 2 N 7485 Trondheim Norway

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Acidification parameters
Biological effects
Heavy metals
Other metals/elements
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Higher plants


Regions studied
Other metals/elements
Other metals/elements
Other metals/elements

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

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.

Aarrestad, P.A. & Aamlid, D. 1999. Vegetation monitoring in South-Varanger, Norway: Species composition of ground vegetation and its relation to environmental variables and pollution impact. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 58:1-21.

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Tungasletta 2, N-7485 Trondheim, Norway

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