Using plant biomonitors and flux modelling to develop O <inf>3</inf> dose-response relationships in Catalonia

Iolanda Filella, Josep Peñuelas, Angela Ribas

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    We used tobacco Bel-W3 biomonitoring data and ozone flux modelling (WINDEP model) with the aim of developing the absorbed dose-response relationship, and comparing this approach with the most commonly used AOT40 (the sum of hourly ozone concentrations above a cut-off of 40 ppb during daylight hours, when global radiation exceeds 50 W m -2) in the estimation of exposure-damage curves. Leaf damage values were more related to OAD 15 days, potential (potential ozone absorbed dose calculated over 15 consecutive days) than to AOT40 in all the studied stations. An OAD 15 days, potential of 180 mg m -2 was found to be the threshold for damage to the most sensitive species in this region under well watered conditions. The results show the applicability of the flux approach for risk assessment at the local scale, the improvement of the ozone damage estimation when the potential absorbed dose is modelled and used instead of just the ozone exposure, and finally, the possibilities opened by the use of biomonitoring networks. Modelling of biomonitors ozone absorbed dose improves damage estimation in comparison with exposure indices such as AOT40. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)145-151
    JournalEnvironmental Pollution
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2005


    • Catalonia
    • Flux modelling
    • O dose-response relationships 3
    • Plant biomonitors


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