Defining a biodiversity damage metric and threshold using Habitat Directive criteria

Rowe, E.C.; Smart, S.M.; Emmett, B.A.. 2011 Defining a biodiversity damage metric and threshold using Habitat Directive criteria. In: Hicks, W.K.; Whitfield, C.P.; Bealey, W.J.; Sutton, M.A., (eds.) Nitrogen deposition and Natura 2000: Science and practice in determining environmental impacts. COST Office - European Cooperation in Science and Technology, 136-141.

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• Changes in the environmental suitability of a site for particular plant species in response to nitrogen (N) load can be predicted fairly objectively using model chains such as MAGICGBMOVE. • Lists of positive and negative indicator plant species, such as those in UK Common Standards Monitoring Guidance, provide operational definitions of habitat quality and damage. • Whilst N-sensitive species can provide early warnings of change, they may not be representative of the desirable features of the habitat. • A metric of habitat quality is proposed, based on predicted environmental suitability for positive and negative indicator species. • This metric allows assessment of the impact of N pollution on habitat quality as defined independently of the N effects research community.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Emmett
ISBN: 9789186125233
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This chapter is number 5.3 in the book. Access to full text is available by clicking on the OFFICIAL URL link
Date made live: 24 Jan 2012 13:51 +0 (UTC)

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