912317 Air pollution effects on forest ecosystems

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Berger, Torsten Winfried , Unger, Gregor
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


The introduction to air pollution effects on mountain forests includes brief overviews of disciplines like meteorology, botany, ecology, plant sociology, physiology, environmental biotechnology, forest science, environmental analyses and others.
Air pollutants from natural and anthropogenic sources are discussed due to their importance, frequency, long-term effects and toxic consequences on forest ecosystems, as well as their origins and interactions, especially ozone stress. Symptoms of air pollution as well as nutrient deficiencies on plants are demonstrated.

Further topics are: Determination and evaluation of symptoms, possibilities of reduction and monitoring systems of air pollution and nutrient deficiencies, critical levels, critical loads and legislation.

Previous knowledge expected


Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The students will understand the causal relationships between emission sources, transmission and the impacts of air pollutants on mountain forests.
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