The aims of this meeting every five years are to assess what is known about acidity in precipitation, focusing attention on its ecological effects around the world, and to serve as a forum for academic, industrial, governmental, and public interest groups to meet and debate the magnitude, extent, nature, and consequences of acid precipitation.
Acid deposition presents many scientific challenges. As global climate and Earth system models start to include increasingly detailed treatments of vegetation dynamics and the interactions between vegetation, soils and the atmosphere, there is renewed interest in the deposition of nutrients and pollutants that affect plant physiology and that may ultimately influence climate. This interest in biogeochemical cycling of trace elements, particularly nitrogen, sulphur and phosphorus, presents new challenges that need to be faced in understanding the implications of future climate and land use change. Acid Rain 2011 will place new emphasis on these areas and encourages contributions from scientists focusing on biogeochemical cycling and its implications for the wider Earth system.
The location of the Acid Rain 2011 is the China National Convention Center Beijing, located in the heart of Beijing Olympic Green, standing right next to the Bird Nest, Water Cube and National Indoor Stadium. The topics of this conference is widely expanded from Acid Deposition, the Biogeochemical cycle, towards Global Change.