Effects of Climate Change on Air Pollution and Response Strategies for European Ecosystems (ECLAIRE)

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39 research partner institutions study the effects of climate change on ecosystems impacts in Europe and develop next generation European air pollution mitigation and adaptation strategies under climate change.

Climate change is expected to significantly modify the physical environment of ecosystems. As a consequence, the resilience of ecosystems to various types of stress (such as air pollution) is likely to change. In addition, different climatic conditions will change biogenic emissions  of air pollutants and greenhouse gases.

Within the EU-FP7 ECLAIRE project, scientists will improve the process understanding of emissions, bi-directional exchange processes and in-canopy reactions to quantify the effects of climate change on air pollution impacts. It will use the new insights to develop response strategies for European ecosystems, with a special focus on the role of ozone and nitrogen. 

ECLAIRE will target climate-ecosystem-atmosphere interactions and their implications for ecosystems effects at the Europe scale, combining observations and experiments in the field and laboratory with modelling experiments from plot to European scales.

ECLAIRE will deliver:

  • New empirical evidence quantifying the effects of climate change on air pollution ecosystems impacts
  • New process-based descriptions of effects
  • Quantification of potential feedback mechanisms of climate change on trace gas and pollutant emissions affecting climate
  • Corrections in European estimates and quantification of uncertainties,
  • Cost-benefit analysis of air pollution control options in relation to future climate scenarios
  • Next generation European air pollution mitigation and adaptation strategies under climate change.


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Last edited: 21 September 2014

CONTACT DETAILS

Wilfried Winiwarter

Senior Research Scholar

Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases

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International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
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