Secondary air pollutants and forests - new perspectiives

Cape, J.Neil. 2007 Secondary air pollutants and forests - new perspectiives. The Scientific World Journal, 7(S1) ((S1)). 9-14.

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Air pollution has been known to affect forests for over a century, and many of the mechanisms of pollutant deposition and effects have been established, at least for forest trees. Changes in air quality as a result of emission controls in Europe and North America, or as a result of rapid industrialisation in southern and eastern Asia, have highlighted new pollution problems. This paper, by reference to recent publications, highlights two areas where more research is required: the interactions of photochemical oxidants with biogenic emissions of volatile organic compounds, and their impact on ecological signalling; and the role of atmospheric particles in changing the leaf surface environments in forests.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biogeochemistry
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Billett (to November 2013)
ISSN: 1537-744X
Additional Keywords: ozone, photochemical oxidants, fine particulate, plant effects, pollutant interactions
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 18 Dec 2007 14:11 +0 (UTC)

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