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BC CLEAR Projects 2011-2012 (funding start dates) > Biomonitoring Air Quality with Lichen in the Prince George Area

Biomonitoring Air Quality with Lichen in the Prince George Area

posted on 7:02 PM, July 6, 2016

Project Leader: Darwyn Coxson

Lichenologist Curtis Bjork assesses changes in lichen community composition at a Prince George site that experiences high levels of air pollution. This research project is developing a biomonitoring protocol using lichens to monitor air quality.

The research project will develop a biomonitoring protocol using lichens to monitor air quality in the Prince George area. The goals of the research project are to: 1) synthesize the body of knowledge on lichens as biomonitors for air pollution (particularly sulphur dioxide) and adapt monitoring protocols for application in BC; 2) set up a program that will monitor changes in air quality over time in Prince George and surrounding area, assessing the effects of emission reductions from the Canfor Northwood Pulp Mill; and 3) develop a plan for engaging a public audience (high school students) in this process and facilitate public understanding of: a) the effectiveness of technology for improving air quality, b) the effectiveness of using bioindicators to track environmental changes, and c) the quality of urban habitats for people and other organisms.

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