Articles | Volume 23, issue 21
Research article
03 Nov 2023
Research article |  | 03 Nov 2023

Simulating impacts on UK air quality from net-zero forest planting scenarios

Gemma Purser, Mathew R. Heal, Edward J. Carnell, Stephen Bathgate, Julia Drewer, James I. L. Morison, and Massimo Vieno


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on acp-2022-782', Anonymous Referee #1, 13 Mar 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Gemma Purser, 20 Jun 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on acp-2022-782', Anonymous Referee #2, 05 Apr 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Gemma Purser, 20 Jun 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
AR by Gemma Purser on behalf of the Authors (26 Jun 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (11 Jul 2023) by Drew Gentner
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (26 Jul 2023)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (08 Aug 2023)
ED: Publish as is (24 Aug 2023) by Drew Gentner
AR by Gemma Purser on behalf of the Authors (06 Sep 2023)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Forest expansion is a ″net-zero“ pathway, but change in land cover alters air quality in many ways. This study combines tree planting suitability data with UK measured emissions of biogenic volatile organic compounds to simulate spatial and temporal changes in atmospheric composition for planting scenarios of four species. Decreases in fine particulate matter are relatively larger than increases in ozone, which may indicate a net benefit of tree planting on human health aspects of air quality.
Final-revised paper