Report 403
The impacts of ozone on nature conservation
(2007)
Morrissey, T., Ashmore, M.R., Emberson, L.D., Cinderby, S., Buker, P.
Ozone is globally the most important gaseous pollutant causing effects on vegetation. While a number of reviews have evaluated the evidence of impacts of ozone on semi-natural ecosystems, none of these has specifically focussed on the priorities of nature conservation agencies.

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The aim of this report is to provide a first national assessment of ozone risks to Priority Habitats and Priority Species of vascular plants using currently available data. The specific objectives are:-

 
• To summarise the results of recent studies of the impacts of ozone on nature conservation (in this case BAP Priority Habitats).
• To undertake a systematic risk assessment to identify BAP habitats at greatest risk of impacts of ozone and to assess how this risk might change in the future.
• To identify cases in which ozone may adversely affect the achievement of favourable status.
• To identify key gaps in knowledge, and priorities in terms of conservation objectives.
• To assess how policy initiatives might mitigate the possible impacts of ozone on habitats of conservation value in the UK over the next 20-30 years.
 
We emphasise very strongly that this report represents an initial assessment of the impacts.
 
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63 pages
ISSN 0963 8091
 
Please cite as: Morrissey, T., Ashmore, M.R., Emberson, L.D., Cinderby, S., Buker, P., (2007), The impacts of ozone on nature conservation, JNCC Report 403, 63 pages, ISSN 0963 8091