Critical loads - is there a need for a new concept?

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Abstract

The concept of critical loads has been an important and successful tool for the development of control strategies for transboundary air pollution in Europe. The use of the concept has led us to a situation where very few areas in Europe will have an exceedance of critical loads for acidification in 2010, indicating that the benefits of further control acidifying substances will be less useful. The critical loads concept does not, however, take into account the large benefits of further control in damaged systems but where critical loads are no longer exceeded. In this paper we discuss the importance of widening the critical loads concept to include these benefits and we propose an additional effect-related measure, Dynamic Impact Analysis, to be included in further control strategies and assessments. With such a concept the actual situation and its further development will be included in assessments and control strategies.

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  • Chemical Engineering

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  • dynamic impact analysis, acidification, critical loads, recovery processes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-27
JournalWater, Air, & Soil Pollution: Focus
Volume1
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes