Background

The ICP Vegetation was established in 1987 under the United Nation Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP).The ICP Vegetation is an international research programme investigating the impacts of air pollutants on crops and (semi-)natural vegetation and reports to the Working Group on Effects (WGE). The programme focuses on the following air pollution problems: impacts of ozone pollution on vegetation and the atmospheric deposition of heavy metals and nitrogen to vegetation. In addition, the ICP Vegetation is taking into consideration impacts of pollutant mixtures (e.g. ozone and nitrogen), consequences for biodiversity and the modifying influence of climate change on the impacts of air pollutants on vegetation. The results of studies conducted by the ICP Vegetation are used in assessments of the current, and predictions of the future, state of the environment. More than 200 scientists from ca. 50 countries contribute to the programme.

Coordination Centre

The programme is led by the UK, has its Programme Coordination Centre at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology - Bangor and is funded by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Further details

For further details on research, results, publications, events and using a smart-phone App for recording incidences of ozone injury, please go to the ICP Vegetation web site.

Related links

UKCEH people

2020 - present   Chair, ICP Vegetation

2019 - present   Chair , CAPER (Community of Air Pollution Effects Researchers)

2015 – present   Chair, Working Group on Evidence of Ozone Impacts. LRTAP Convention Ozone Critical Levels workshop

2014 – present   ICP Vegetation representative at ICP Forests meetings

2014 – present   ICP Forests ‘Air Quality’ Expert Panel member

2007 - present   Plant Ecophysiologist, Band 6, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK

Sept 2020 - present: UKCEH Plant Scientist in the Ozone group

2020 - present: Adjunct Position, Ghent University

2015 - present: Adjunct Position, The University of Western Australia

2015 - 2020: Forest & Nature Lab, University of Ghent. PASTFORWARD - interactions between legacies and contemporary environmental change and their influence on plant communities and ecosystems, with a focus on temperate deciduous forest understoreys