Nitrogen Deposition indicators - Work Package 3

Programme of Work:

Nitrogen Deposition indicators - Work Package 3
Task Leaders:  Simon Caporn and Nancy Dise (Manchester Metropolitan Univ. MMU)
 PIs: Bridget Emmett (CEH), Gareth Phoenix (Sheffield), Jonathan Leake (Sheffield) Sally Power (Imperial), Lucy Sheppard (CEH), Ian Leith (CEH), Andrea Britton (Macaulay), Rachel Helliwell (Macaulay), Chris Field (MMU).
Policy question:
What are the most sensitive and robust indicators of N deposition, long term accumulation and ecological impact?
Main activities:
Synthesis of TU spatial bioindicator surveys and other national data sets to identify the most sensitive indicators for both N deposition and N enrichment.

  1. Use this dataset to predict the direct effect of N upon biodiversity, in conjunction with and independent of, other environmental and climatic factors.
  2. Develop scientific knowledge of the relationship between biodiversity and long-term N air pollution.
  3. Consider the success of the current critical loads approach in conserving biodiversity of sensitive habitats.

Task 3.1 Utilisation of data and synthesis of indicators from surveys and experiments
Milestone 70 (Mar 2011): Draft of three papers synthesising results
Deliverables (Oct 2011): The deliverables from this task will be 3 published papers (lead partner in brackets) that consolidate our understanding of the effect of N air pollution upon biodiversity in multiple habitats.

  1. High impact cross-habitat overview of the survey and responses of biodiversity to N air pollution (MMU).
  2. Habitat specific paper covering responses and key indicators of N air pollution in heathlands (Imperial).
  3. Habitat specific paper discussing sand dune sensitivity and responses to N air pollution (CEH Bangor).

People: MMU, Imperial, CEH Bangor, CEH Edinburgh, Sheffield, Macaulay, ADAS.



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