Review of transboundary air pollution (RoTAP): acidification, eutrophication, ground level ozone and heavy metals in the UK

RoTAP. 2012 Review of transboundary air pollution (RoTAP): acidification, eutrophication, ground level ozone and heavy metals in the UK. Edinburgh, NERC/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, 292pp. (Defra Contract Number: AQ0703, CEH Project Number: C03473)

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This report provides a detailed overview of the current status of transboundary air pollution in the UK. It reviews the current state of air pollution issues, evaluates the extensive measurements of atmospheric pollutants and their effects, and provides a synthesis of current understanding. The review focuses on the main causes of acid deposition, eutrophication, ground level ozone and heavy metal pollution in the UK, namely sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), ammonia (NH3), aerosols (particulate matter), heavy metals, nitric acid (HNO3) and ozone (O3). A summary of the current European status is included to provide a wider perspective for the assessment. Emissions of primary pollutants contributing to transboundary air pollution have changed substantially during the last 30 years, mainly in response to international control measures such as the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP), and the EU National Emission Ceilings Directive (NECD) which set ceilings for the emissions of key atmospheric pollutants including sulphur dioxide (SO2), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and ammonia (NH3) for European Community Member States, which the UK had to achieve by 2010. The report reviews trends in the emission, concentration and deposition, and effects of atmospheric pollutants on soils, vegetation and freshwaters.

Item Type: Publication - Report (UNSPECIFIED)
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 1 - Monitoring and Interpretation of Biogeochemical and Climate Changes > BGC - 1.1 - Monitor concentrations, fluxes, physico-chemical forms of current and emerging pollutants ...
CEH Sections/Science Areas: Billett (to November 2013)
ISBN: 9781906698225
Funders/Sponsors: Defra, CEH
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Freely available online - click on Official URL link for full text. See also 'Summary for policy makers' (
NORA Subject Terms: Agriculture and Soil Science
Ecology and Environment
Earth Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences
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Date made live: 04 Jul 2012 10:33 +0 (UTC)

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