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Record number 482788
Title Development of the Critical Loads Concept and Current and Potential Applications to Different Regions of the World
Author(s) Hettelingh, J.P.; Vries, W. de; Posch, M.; Reinds, G.J.; Slootweg, J.; Hicks, W.K.
Source In: Nitrogen Deposition, Critical Loads and Biodiversity, Part III / Sutton, M.A., Mason, K.E., Sheppard, L.J., Sverdrup, H., Haeuber, R., Hicks, W.K., Dordrecht : Springer - ISBN 9789400779389 - p. 281 - 293.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7939-6_30
Department(s) Alterra - Sustainable soil management
Environmental Systems Analysis Group
WIMEK
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2014
Abstract The chapter addresses whether the critical load of nutrient nitrogen (N) is a relevant, necessary and sufficient indicator to address adverse effects of reactive nitrogen (Nr) on biodiversity in different regions of the world. Based on a description of the critical loads concept for nutrient N, and the relationship to biodiversity endpoints, applications of the critical load for nutrient N are summarized in the context of policies under the Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) Convention. Potential applications of critical loads are addressed with respect to the relevance of adverse effects of N under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The chapter considers the prospects for effect-based applications in different regions of the world and poses some questions that need to be addressed. Finally, the potential for a broader indicator for N (a ‘threshold’ rather than a ‘load’) that could apply to all forms and impacts of N is considered, as it could potentially increase the coherence between CLRTAP and CBD.
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