The workshop has one general and three specific objectives:
1. Identify major hypotheses concerning tree mortality requiring intersite comparisons.
2. Assess the current status of mortality databases (concentrating primarily on permanent plots), identifying missing locations and information crucial to intersite comparisons.
3. Agree upon a set of general guidelines for future comparative studies that would address these hypotheses. (We do not want to get mired in discussions if tree tags should be round v. elliptical, rather we should identify which questions should be addressed using tagged trees).
4. Begin the process of intersite comparisons and synthesis with the information in hand, identifying specific topics for a potential joint journal issue.
Long Term Ecological Research Network. "Tree Mortality Workshop." (1990). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/lter_reports/114