Effect-based activities on air pollution: what is the state of the natural and anthropogenic Italian ecosystems?

Kind of publication : VOLUME

Edited by: Ilaria D’Elia, Alessandra De Marco, Giovanni Vialetto

Publisher: ENEA

pp. 126, 2017

ISBN: 978-88-8286-344-9

Price: free


In the last twenty years, a large effort has been carried out in the Italian community working on the impacts of atmospheric pollution on different ecosystems, both natural and anthropogenic. In order to bridge the gaps between scientists and policy makers, the communication between the work done in the different sub-groups has been recently improved and the realization of this monographic text is one of its first tangible result. The intent of the text is to collate information from the important fields of measurements and modelling to obtain dose-response relationships able to estimate the impacts of air pollutant on the different ecosystems.

The Italian country is formed by different peculiar ecosystems, from coastal area to forests, to cities included in the UNESCO list for cultural heritage. It is thus very important to protect our environmental and cultural heritage from environmental pressure and from anthropogenic footprint.

The health of the main Italian natural ecosystems has improved, even if exceedances of critical loads and level, of the air quality limit values and high population exposure still exist. Moreover, all the most recent policies aim at achieving levels of air quality that do not give rise to significant negative impacts on and risks to human health and the environment.

Many solutions are available and only an integrated approach takes into account the co-benefits of linking air pollution and climate change. The integration of all the different tools, from measures to models, and the coordination among science sectors and different research teams could help in identifying effective environmental policy.