UK Research on The Eutrophication and Acidification of Terrestrial Ecosystems

Wardlow Hay Cop Wardlow Hay Cop

The UKREATE Project:

The UKREATE umbrella project is funded by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The umbrella consists of a consortium coordinated by Prof Bridget Emmett at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) in Bangor, and a Defra project Officer, William Cook.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Collate dat which provide evidence for damage or recovery in a range of terrestrial habitats due to nitrogen deposition.
  • Determine whether factors such as the form of nitrogen, grazing pressure or traits of plants present modify the impacts observed.
  • Test proposed indicators of change in both experimental and survey settings.
  • Clarify what determines the fate of nitrogen in soil which acts as the main sink for nitrogen.
  • Contribute to the development of linked ecosystem model chains to forecast likelytiming responses in both soils, vegetation composition and their interdependance.
  • Collate survey data and continue long term manipulation experiments to help test and develop model chains.
  • Examine the potential modifying and interactive effects of climate change with the effects of nitrogen deposition.
  • Support the UK National Focal Centre for Critical Loads Mapping. Provide knowledge transfer to a range of stakeholders and contribute to the Review of Transboundary Air Pollution (RoTAP).


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