Research into the effects of air pollution and climate change on the biogeochemistry of a forest ecosystem (De Inslag, Brasschaat)

Project: Legally bound



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The project examines the effects of air pollution and climate change on the biogeochemical cycles (carbon, nitrogen, base cations, sulphur and phosphorus) of a coniferous forest in transition to a mixed forest ecosystem. The research is taking place in a scientific area of 2 ha in which, in addition to a level II test area, a measurement tower has been erected in order to complete the ICP-Forests monitoring programme with regard to the study of air pollution effects. Measurements of meteorological variables (such as temperature, relative humidity, global solar radiation, etc.) and the main air pollutants such as NOx, SO2 and O3 have been performed at the measurement tower since 1995. The gradient of the last of these is measured above the forest, allowing the effective uptake by the forest canopy to be calculated.

INBO is also investigating the effects of soil acidification, the high nitrogen supply, chronic and acute exposure to ozone and the precarious phosphorus supply on the carbon sink of the forest stock.
Effective start/end date1/01/1131/12/24
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