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Acidification of mountain lakes

A project which aims to improve understanding of the ecosystems of remote mountain lakes is being supported by the European Community's Environment and Climate specific RTD programme.

AL:PE2 (Acidification of mountain lakes: Palaeolimnology and ecology) is a joint project inv...
A project which aims to improve understanding of the ecosystems of remote mountain lakes is being supported by the European Community's Environment and Climate specific RTD programme.

AL:PE2 (Acidification of mountain lakes: Palaeolimnology and ecology) is a joint project involving 15 research institutions from 5 EU countries, Norway and three Central and East European countries (CEECs). The project builds on the AL:PE1 project, also supported by the Community, which was launched in 1991 and involved measurements at eight sites.

The extended project, involving 19 sites, comprises sampling and investigation of factors such as water chemistry, diatoms, zooplankton, invertebrates and fish. The aims of the project are: to understand the ecosystems of remote mountain lakes and their responses to varying levels of acid deposition; to assess the importance of other long-range transported air pollutants such as trace metals in mountain lake ecosystems; and to identify unpolluted remote lakes within Europe which can be used as reference sites for studies of climate change.

Source: European Commission, DG XII
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