The International Co-operative Programme on Effects of Air Pollution on Natural Vegetation and Crops (ICP Vegetation) is an international research programme investigating the impacts of air pollutants on crops and (semi-)natural vegetation. The programme focuses on the impacts of ozone pollution on vegetation and the atmospheric deposition of heavy metals, nitrogen, and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) to vegetation.
In addition, the ICP Vegetation studies impacts of nitrogen pollution on vegetation, takes into consideration impacts of pollutant mixtures (e.g. ozone and nitrogen), consequences for biodiversity and the modifying influence of climate change on the impacts of air pollutants on vegetation. The results of studies conducted by the ICP Vegetation are used in assessments of the current state of the environment and predictions of the future. Around 50 countries and over 250 scientists participate in the programme.
The programme is led by the UK and has its Programme Co-ordination Centre at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology – Bangor. Co-ordination of the programme is mainly funded by the UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
For more information, please visit the ICP Vegetation website.