Mapping critical loads for nitrogen based on biodiversity using ForSAFE-VEG: introducing the basic principles

Harald Sverdrup, Bengt Nihlgård, Salim Belyazid

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Abstract

This chapter describes the basic principles inside the VEG extension to the ForSAFE model system. It allows changes in ground vegetation to be calculated, an important part of biodiversity. In the VEG model, the basis for modelling ground vegetation dynamics is a competition strength model based on soil chemistry promoting and retarding factors, nutrients, water and light. The strength is used in a competition model to assign ground area to each plant type considered. The ForSAFE-VEG is freely available from the authors and is used for assessing critical loads for acidity and nitrogen in Europe and United Sates, based on biodiversity criteria.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNitrogen Deposition, Critical Loads and Biodiversity
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Nitrogen Initiative Workshop, linking experts of the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution and the Convention on Biological Diversity
EditorsMark A. Sutton, Kate E. Mason, Lucy J. Sheppard, Harald Sverdrup, Richard Haeuber, W. Kevin Hicks
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer
Pages375-383
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-007-7939-6
ISBN (Print)978-94-007-7938-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventInternational Nitrogen Initiative Workshop: linking experts of the Pollution and the Convention on Biological Diversity - Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2009 Nov 162009 Nov 18

Workshop

WorkshopInternational Nitrogen Initiative Workshop
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period2009/11/162009/11/18

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Ecology

Keywords

  • Biodiversity
  • Critical loads
  • Dynamic modelling
  • – Interspecies competition

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