The 10th Triennial Air Pollution & Global Change Symposium on “Air Pollution as Part of Global Change – Responses of Plants and Ecosystems”

Our Motivation
The conference will bring together renowned experts and young scientists to discuss latest scientific developments in the field of air pollution as an intrinsic component of climate and land-use change. The conference will account for the increasing scientific recognition that air quality cannot be assessed without considering anthropogenic processes that drive environmental change. Conversely, climate change and land-use practices cannot be understood without accompanying pollution loads released into the atmosphere. The event is the follow-up conference on behalf of the “Air Pollution & Global Change” community (APGC), which meets by triennial intervals (succeeding 2014 in Monterey CA, USA)

The Scope
Links arise from industrialization, urbanization and transportation processes along with forest clear-cutting and biomass burning as well as intensive agriculture. Biogenic and anthrogogenic emissions directly promote the radiative forcing of the atmosphere, become indirectly climate-effective through PM release, aerosol formation and changing precipitation regimes, are precursors of secondary pollution, or cause nutritional ecosystem-level imbalances via acidification or overly N deposition. The air pollution-climate association arises from increasing demands for energy, materials and feeding by the dramatic population growth of mankind.

The Topics are:
-responses of and their mechanisms in plants and ecosystems, in view of stress resistance, mitigation and resilience, in the changing environment.
-effects on and feedbacks by biotic interactions under abiotic stress,
by competitive versus facilitative, mutualistic versus parasitic, or predator-prey relationships, above and belowground.
- buffering capacities by biodiversity
- specificities in responsiveness of soil compartments, in particular, in terms of C storage.
- consequences of below and aboveground nutritional and hydrological relationships.

Highlighted will be wild and cultivated plants, herbaceous and woody, as growing in natural, semi-natural and managed ecosystems across the globe. Is our process-based mechanistic, but mostly reductionistic, understanding balanced versus the required but neglected systemic scope?

Based on conference contributions, a Special Issue is envisaged and already approved by the refereed journal “Plant Biology” (to appear in 2018).