Monitoring long-term and large-scale deposition of air pollutants based on moss analysis

Frontasyeva, M.V.; Steinnes, E.; Harmens, H.. 2016 Monitoring long-term and large-scale deposition of air pollutants based on moss analysis. In: Aničić Urošević, Mira; Vuković, Gordana; Tomašević, Milica, (eds.) Biomonitoring of air pollution using mosses and lichens: a passive and active approach: state of the art research and perspectives. Hauppauge, New York, Nova Science Publishers, 1-20. (Air, Water and Soil Pollution Science and Technology).

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A brief historical review is given on the development and milestones of the moss biomonitoring technique used to study atmospheric deposition of trace elements, nitrogen, organic persistent pollutants (POPs) and radionuclides of technogenic and natural origin in Europe. The relevance of these studies to the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) is discussed. Examples of the long-term activity of the ICP Vegetation (International Cooperative Programme on Effects of Air Pollution on Natural Vegetation and Crops) established in 1987 are given to illustrate the tendencies in behavior on a large scale of air pollutants such as heavy metals, nitrogen and persistent organic pollutants. In agreement with the long-term strategy of the LRTAP Convention to enhance participation and improve air quality in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and South Eastern Europe, efforts to extend the moss survey to former republics of the USSR such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan were successfully undertaken. Around 15 teams were formed in Russia to cover moss sampling in Northern and Central Russia, Western Siberia, and the Far East of Russia (Kamchatka and Sakhalin). To date, 36 countries expressed their desire to participate in the 2015-2016 moss survey. Analytical methods and approaches to data interpretation are reviewed.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Emmett
ISBN: 9781536100518
Additional Keywords: moss biomonitoring, trace elements, nitrogen, POPs, radionuclides
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Atmospheric Sciences
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Date made live: 12 Dec 2016 13:44 +0 (UTC)

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