High-resolution maps of critical loads for sulfur and nitrogen in China

Ge, X., Yu, Q., Duan, L., Zhao, Y., Posch, M. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8649-9129, & Hao, J. (2023). High-resolution maps of critical loads for sulfur and nitrogen in China. Scientific Data 10 (1) e339. 10.1038/s41597-023-02178-z.

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The critical load concept is an important scientific guideline for acid deposition control. It was not only a crucial scientific basis to determine the emission reduction targets in Europe, but also used in China's air pollution control, especially the designation of two control zones. Currently, critical loads of sulfur and nitrogen are still exceeded in Europe, America, and East Asia (mainly in China), and need to be continuously updated to meet the demands of further emission reductions. Critical loads of China were calculated and mapped in the 2000s, but are not sufficiently accurate due to methodological and data limitations. Here we present the latest high-quality critical loads for China, based on high-resolution basic data on soil, vegetation, and atmospheric base cations deposition, and up-to-date knowledge on important parameters. Our data, which is going to be included in GAINS-China, can be used to assess the ecological benefits of nitrogen and sulfur reductions in China at a regional or national scale, and to develop mitigation strategies in the future.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Pollution Management (PM)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2023 11:58
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2023 11:58
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/18836

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