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U 119

Impacts of Climate on Pollen Season and Distribution in the Alpine Region


Recent climate change has been influencing the timing, duration and intensity of the pollen season in the northern hemisphere, which is one major observed climate change impact on human health. Together with the ZAUM - Center for Allergy and Environment, the Chair of Ecoclimatology will study at the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus the influence of high altitude climate on allergenic diseases. Within the project U 119 "Influences of the climate of high altitude on allergies and environmental diseases at the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus (UFS)" funded by Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health, the working package "Impacts of Climate on Pollen Season and Distribution in the Alpine Region" covers the meteorological / biological part concerning pollen season and pollen distribution. The objectives are to investigate the effects of climate change on plant distribution, timing of flowering and pollen shedding of allergenic plants and their interactions via long-range transport. To achieve this, main tasks will be:

     

  • modelling of pollen shedding and analysis of long-range transport by backward trajectories (FLEXPART, a particle dispersion model) in close cooperation with Dr. Andreas Stohl, NILU
  • phenological and vegetational survey in the Garmisch / Schneefernerhaus / Zugspitze region for identification of local emissions
  • temporal and spatial analysis of long-term phenological, meteorological and pollen data provided by the German Meteorological Service, the German Pollen Network and the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus (The Federal Environment Agency / Umweltbundesamt)

Contact person:

Chiara Ziello

Duration:

2007 - 2011