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8.04.03 - Atmospheric deposition, soils and nutrient cycles



International Conference "Air Pollution threats to Plant Ecosystems" -- POSTPONED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK

Paphos, Cyprus; NEW DATE: 11-15 October 2021

Following the postponement of the 2020’ conference due to COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to announce that the international conference entitled “Air Pollution threats to Plant Ecosystems” will be held in Paphos (Cyprus) on 11-15 October 2021. All needed sanitary directives will be implemented on site. Due to exceptional conditions, up-do-date information will be regularly released by emails.

Air pollution and climate change remain a persistent threat to plant ecosystems, urging for international cooperation and unified research efforts. This international event is co-organized by the Committee on Air Pollution Effects Research on Mediterranean Ecosystems (CAPERmed), the International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) and the International Cooperative Programme on Effects of Air Pollution on Natural Vegetation and Crops (ICP Vegetation). The conference, for the first time combining three events, will serve as an excellent example of effective international collaboration in the research of air pollution and plant ecosystems.

Do not miss this cornerstone of international science. The CAPERmed IV meeting will be held back-to-back with the 3rd International Conference on “Ozone and Plant Ecosystems” and the 30th international biennial conference of the IUFRO Research Group on “Air pollution and climate change” on 11-14 October 2021. A full-day excursion is planned on 15 October 2021.


Abstract submission: 1 September 2021. All abstracts "accepted" in 2020 remain "accepted", a revised version can be sent by 1st September 2021.
Early-bird registration: 15 September 2021
Late registration: starting 16 September 2021

More details:
New website:
Contact: Dr. Pierre Sicard (
Twitter: @PlantsPollution

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Enzai Du, China


Viktor Bruckman, Austria

Tamara Jakovljevic, Croatia

About Unit

Our unit aims to improve understanding of 1) spatial patterns and temporal trends of atmospheric deposition of nitrogen, sulphur, phosphorus, and base cations, 2) the effect of changing acid deposition on soil acidification, 3) the impact of changing nutrient deposition on nutrient balance in forest ecosystems, and 4) the interactions of nutrient and acid deposition with other global changing factors, including climate warming, drought, increasing CO2 and ozone concentrations. This is crucial to improve the ecological resiliency of natural and planted forests, and to better guide management options. 

State of Knowledge

Atmospheric nitrogen and sulphur deposition has been globally altered by anthropogenic emissions and has aroused various concerns regarding its ecological impacts. For instance, nitrogen deposition, particularly in oxidized forms, has recently decreased in European countries and the U.S., while it is increasing rapidly in other countries with burgeoning populations and economies (e.g., China and India). Moreover, atmospheric deposition of phosphorus and base cations have also been increased by anthropogenic emissions at regional scales. Abiotic factors such as climate, increase in surface ozone, along with biotic factors such as insect outbreaks, disease, and invasive species are altering forest structure and function in the 21st Century. We thus focus on the joint effects of these factors on the balance of nutrient cycles and the health of forest ecosystems in different climate zones through a variety of monitoring, modelling and experimental efforts. 

Activities and events Unit 8.04.03

Upcoming event

Acid Rain 2020: The Future Environment and Role of Multiple Air Pollutants, 10th International Conference on Acid DepositionNiigata City, Japan

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