If you are interested in using data from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, please read the Terms & Conditions prior to submitting your Data Request Form.

Data Request: The re-use of scientific data has the potential to greatly increase communication, collaboration and synthesis within and among disciplines, and thus is fostered, supported and encouraged. Permission to use this dataset is granted to the Data User free of charge subject to the following terms:

Acceptable Use: Use of the dataset will be restricted to academic, research, government or other not-for-profit professional purposes.

Non-transferability: The data and metadata are provided for use by the Data User. The Data User will not redistribute the original Data Set or metadata to others without the explicit permission of the Principal Investigator.

Citation: It is considered a matter of professional ethics to acknowledge the work of other scientists. Thus, the Data User will properly attribute the Data Set in any publications or in the metadata of any derived data products that were produced using the Data Set. Citation should take the following general form: Creator, Year of Data Publication, Title of Dataset, Publisher, Dataset identifier.

For example: McMahon, Sean M.; Shue, Jessica; Parker, Geoffrey G. (2023). SERC ForestGEO inventory census data. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Dataset.

Consultation and Questions: Data users are strongly encouraged to consult with the Principal Investigator who collected these data for further information. Also, when appropriate, Data Users should consider including the Principal Investigator as a collaborator and/or co-author in the use of these data.

Copies of articles: Data User will notify the Principal Investigator of any publication or derivative work based on the Data Set. The Data User will also provide the Principal Investigator and/or the administrator of the SERC Forest Dynamics study and the ForestGEO Director with a pdf of any publication(s) resulting from use of the Data Set.  Upon publication, a PDF copy of (or a link to) the article should also be sent to

Acknowledgements: The Data User should acknowledge any institutional support or specific funding awards referenced in the metadata accompanying this dataset in any publications where the Data Set contributed to its content. Acknowledgments should identify the supporting party, the party that received the support, and any identifying information such as grant numbers.

For example: Data on [topic] were provided by Geoffrey Parker on [date]. These data were gathered as part of forest ecology studies at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC). SERC is a participant in the Smithsonian Institution Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) network. Significant funding for collection of these data was provided by [agency]-[grant number], [agency]-[grant number], etc.

Disclaimer: While substantial efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of data and documentation contained in this Data Set, complete accuracy of data and metadata cannot be guaranteed. All data and metadata are made available "as is". The Data User holds all parties involved in the production or distribution of the Data Set harmless for damages resulting from its use or interpretation.

Terms of Agreement: By accepting this Data Set, the Data User agrees to abide by the terms of this agreement. The Data Owner shall have the right to terminate this agreement immediately by written notice upon the Data User's breach of, or non-compliance with, any of its terms. The Data User may be held responsible for any misuse that is caused or encouraged by the Data User's failure to abide by the terms of this agreement.

Find the request form for SERC's tree data here.