The programme CLEO - Climate change and Environmental Objectives - is completed

  • Will climate change affect the possibilities to fulfil the environmental objectives set up for 2020?

  • How should the next generation of environmental objectives for 2050 be formulated taking into account climate change, changes in land use and deposition of pollutants?

  • How shall emission reduction strategies be developed to maximize synergies in reaching environmental goals?

These are the three crucial questions for the CLEO programme to answer. Our underlying objective is to provide scientific support for the assessment of climate change influences on environmental objectives affected by long-range transport of air pollution.

By focusing on how climate change influences the environmental objectives Natural Acidification Only, Zero Eutrophication, A Non-Toxic Environment and Clean Air, and what synergies and conflicts there may be between measures to limit climate gas emissions and air pollutants, we hope to find satisfying results.

The programme covers a broad range of topics and is built on an integration of national resources on environmental research related to the environmental objectives and climate change. The research focuses on the development and application of a model system and assessment tools which can be employed to assess how climate and land use change influence the environmental objectives.

Basic information on environmental processes and their climate dependence will be derived from data from extensive empirical research and long time series of monitoring data for development and evaluation of derived models.

The research will also include development and analyses of integrated strategies for climate change and air quality. This will include emission reductions of climate forcing components and air pollutants as well as increased forest biomass utilisation. The analysis will focus on how these strategies interact and seek to identify both synergies and conflicts in reaching the environmental objectives.


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