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Guyaflux: a TOWER for measuring the carbon flow. Experimental facility to measure the carbon stocks in the Guyanese forest and the CO2 balance between the forest and the atmosphere. © Ch. Maître

Environmental research infrastructure

F-ORE-T SOERE: monitoring forest ecosystems

The F-ORE-T environmental research monitoring and experimentation system (SOERE) was established in 2002 under the aegis of Ecofor and was designated a SOERE in 2010. Its objective is to understand forest ecosystems by analysing reservoirs and flows of carbon, water and minerals and looking at biogeochemical, biological, demographic (regeneration, growth, mortality), ecological and physiological processes. F-ORE-T will also evaluate forest ecosystem responses to slow and rapid changes and to natural and anthropic pressures such as climate, forestry and changing land use.

By Sébastien Broquere, translated by Daniel McKinnon
Updated on 06/13/2013
Published on 05/27/2013

Scientific and political aims

The F-ORE-T SOERE serves a dual purpose:

● firstly, its scientific aim is to coordinate research efforts on forest ecosystems as complex networks facing environmental changes;
● secondly, its political aim,by the agency of government officials and forestry managers to respond to these global problems and to ensure the sustainable management of forest ecosystems and of their environmental services.

F-ORE-T SOERE: organisation and partners

Beech grove. Lyons Forest.. © INRA, PITSCH Michel
Beech grove. Lyons Forest. © INRA, PITSCH Michel

F-ORE-T is made up of ten workshop sites in France and five in tropical rainforest areas that cover a range of soil and weather conditions and are representative stands of French and tropical forests. Two networks of observation plots, RENECOFOR in France and GUYAFOR in French Guiana, enhance F-ORE-T’s observation system.

This partnership brings together INRA, CIRAD, CNRS, ANDRA and France’s National Forestry Office (ONF). More than 50 units participate in F-ORE-T’s work, including 15 academic research units, eight French research agencies and 17 foreign research agencies, 10 of which are European.

Scientific contact(s):

  • Jean-François Soussana, Scientific Director - Environment