Trees4Future aims to bring together, federate and structure forest research infrastructures and services across all disciplines. It aims to:
- Structure and provide a common access to existing databases from genetics to environmental (climate, soil, etc.) databases for the benefit of all forest research communities (see WP1);
- Create key thematic networks for better integration of forest research disciplines and communities (see WP3);
- Ensure research services respond to the needs of industry end-users for maximum competitiveness of the EU forest sector (see WP4);
- Disseminate widely and manage the calls for access and evaluate the quality and impact of this access to the users (see WP5);
- Define common standards for traits assessment; reference genotypes, standards for data-sets, wood quality assessment etc (see WP2).
Trees4Future aims to promote the key forest research infrastructures to:
- Provide the research community at large with access to 28 key forest infrastructures from genetic data to wood quality tools, and large scale modelling tools backed up by the joint-expertise, services and data of the project consortium to enable each individual user’s research needs to be fully addressed.
- Set up a concerted outreach programme, training workshops, dissemination events and project website and work with users to ensure delivery of products and services to meet their current and emerging needs.
Trees4Future aims to add value to existing tools, resources and related services for the benefit of all users by:
- Developing a user-friendly analytical platform for statistical and genetic data analysis. Currently no such tool exists in Europe to enable forest researchers to have access to a free, wider (more options), better performing and integrated way of analysing their data-sets coupled with a data-mining tool (see WP6).
- Developing an analytical service platform for molecular analysis in particular for genetic fingerprinting and traceability of forest reproductive material (see WP7).
- Developing infrastructure for the spatial description of species and provenance based on site-based models and to make available climate matching tools for species and provenance selection in Europe. The tool will help identify material suitable for adapting forestry to reduce the impacts of climate change (see WP8).
- Establishing a clearing house with GIS functionality for research data from national and EU databases, plots, and resources. This will enable existing data sources to be enhanced as well as providing a common reference point to access this data via geo-enabled web services for the benefit of all (see WP9).
- Developing modes of compatibility of modelling tools to assess goods and services, sustainability, and to evaluate adaptation and mitigation strategies for European forests (see WP10).
- Enhancing and/or developing of medium/high throughput phenotyping of traits to improve existing research services to the wider community (see WP11).