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In Austria, chemical plant analyses to determine the air pollution impact was first used around the turn of the century. From 1955 to 1980 some 7 % of the forested areas in the neighborhood of industrial facilities were analyzed. In 1975 chemical plant analysis was laid down in the Forest Act as a tool to determine air pollution impact. The Second Ordinance against Forest-Damaging Air Pollutants (1984) stipulates air quality limit values.
By regulating plant analyses by law, which is unparalleled in Europe, it was possible to actually enforce plant analysis.
Today, plant analyses provide basic information for forest-related expert opinions to support Provincial Forest Authorities in the course of legal actions in accordance with the Mining Act, the Waste Management Act and the Industrial Law including Environmental Impact Assessment.

Austria participates in the pan-European Forest condition monitoring program ICP-FORESTS. On the intensive monitoring plots deposition of air pollutants, element fluxes and nutrient cycling is monitored. For these purpose chemical analyses of deposition (rain, snow), litterfall, ground vegetation, needles and leaves and passive samplers (ozone) are performed.

Priority Areas of Work

  • Austria-wide monitoring programme (Austrian Bio-indicator Grid) for the assessment of the spatial and temporal variation of air pollution impacts and nutrient supply
  • Processing of data for BIN-online (the Bio-indicator Grid internet database) Expert opinion to support Provincial Forest Authorities during legal actions in accordance with the Mining Act, the Waste Management Act and the Industrial Law including Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • Europe-wide Forest Foliar Coordinating Centre (FFCC) under the UN/ECE ICP-FORESTS Project (Forest Foliar Coordinating Centre - FFCC)
  • Chemical analyses of needle and leaf samples to determine nutrient status and element contents
  • Advisory services in the field of biomonitoring and plant analysis (provincial authorities, industrial facilities, forest owners, civil engineers, Christmas tree breeders and individuals)
  • Identification of heavily loaded areas by means of biomonitoring
  • Management of a Web-driven database
  • Measures to improve the quality of plant analyses at the European level (ring tests, support to participating laboratories, presentations)

Research

Advisory Services and other Services

Team

Alfred
Fürst
Head of Unit,
Tree nutrition,
Bioindication of Air Pollution,
Chem. Plant Analysis
+43-1-87838-1114 Schönbrunn, Room 51

Ramona
Wögerer
Incoming Samples, Fluorine,
Heavy Metal Analyses,
Quality Assurance
+43-1-87838-1263 Schönbrunn, Room 310

Ingrid
Celik
Sample Preparation and
Sulphur Analyses
+43-1-87838-1107 Schönbrunn, Room 4

Teresa
Schöll
Sulfur, Chlorine and
Nutrient Analyses
+43-1-87838-1411
Schönbrunn, Room 317

Martha Smolka Marta
Smolka
Sample Preparation and
Sulphur and Mercury Analyses

+43-1-87838-1410 Schönbrunn, Room 315

Platzhalter für das Passbild Rosa
Thanheuser
Sample Preparation +43-1-87838-1410 Schönbrunn, Room 315

Romana
Wolfsberger
Nutrient Analyses
+43-1-87838-1410 Schönbrunn, Room 305

Christa
Abo El Schabaik
Analyses or Deposition
+43-1-87838-1118 Schönbrunn
Room 14

Contact

Unit of Air Pollution and Plant Analysis
Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8, 1131 Vienna
Head of Unit Ing. Alfred Fürst

Tel. +43-1-87838-1114, Fax: +43-1-87838-1250
email: alfred.fuerst@bfw.gv.at
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