Working Group Goals: Given that this is the first
attempt to address the issue of network availability of vegetation data
our goals are extremely fundamental but critical at this stage:
- Assess the willingness of sites to participate in a Veg-DB system.
Given the complexity of these databases, participating in this system
will require a significant contribution of science and information
management staff. We hope to gain a better sense of whether sites
perceive the benefits of such a system as outweighing these costs.
- Scope out the functionality of the system. This
would determine lowest level of acceptable function and logical
benchmarks for development of the system. We would determine the types
of synthetic data that would be available. For example, structural data
such as biomass is likely easier to develop than production and
mortality data; but is there value in just providing structural
information? Do both have to be approached simultaneously?