30 years of environmental monitoring shows air pollution effects on forests
Skogsstyrelsen started to follow the development of forest damage after alarms about forest damage in the mid-80s. Now the overall environmental monitoring has been evaluated by Lund University, and the results are presented in a new report.
- The uniqueness of the measurements is that the entire chain - from deposition of pollutants to the impact on trees and land - have been measured in numerous locations, with good geographical spread. We have thereby gained much new knowledge about the environmental impact of the exposed forest and how forest ecosystems respond, says Cecilia Akselsson, Lund University, who led the evaluation.
Overall, the report shows that the measurements are good opportunities to study and understand the combined effects of climate change, air pollution and forest management on forest and land. The large amount of collected data can be used to increase awareness of the links between forest health and air pollution, soil condition and other factors affecting forest health, such as climate change and pests.
Furthermore, the report points out the consequences of closing the measurements: reduced ability to monitor and understand the combined effects of climate change, atmospheric deposition and forest management on forest and land.
Authors of the evaluation report are Cecilia Akselsson (Lund University), Gunilla Pihl Karlsson (IVL), Per Erik Karlsson (IVL), Jenny Ahlstrand (Lund University)
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Cecilia Akselsson, Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science. Lund UniversityPhone +46462228689, cecilia.akselsson [at] nateko.lu.se