Pollen, Allergies and Adaptation

  • Mikhail Sofiev
  • Jean Bousquet
  • Tapio Linkosalo
  • Hanna Ranta
  • Auli Rantio-Lehtimaki
  • Pilvi Siljamo
  • Erkka Valovirta
  • Athanasios Damialis
Part of the Biometeorology book series (BIOMET, volume 1)

This chapter is dedicated to the problem of plant-induced human allergy and to a specific way of adaptation to it via short-to-mid-term forecasts of atmospheric pollen concentrations and following pre-emptive and preparatory measures. It starts from the introduction to the subject, then considers the main forms of human plant-related allergy. Then, basics of pollination ecology are introduced and the mechanisms and possible models for pollination are presented. Apart from the standard local-scale effect of pollination, the chapter considers the long-distance transport of pollen and outlines the methodology for its quantitative evaluation and forecasting. The final section is dedicated to possible adaptation measures in changing climate.

Keywords

Dust Europe Ozone Assimilation Remote Sensing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mikhail Sofiev
    • 1
  • Jean Bousquet
    • 2
  • Tapio Linkosalo
    • 3
  • Hanna Ranta
    • 4
  • Auli Rantio-Lehtimaki
    • 4
  • Pilvi Siljamo
    • 5
  • Erkka Valovirta
    • 6
  • Athanasios Damialis
    • 7
  1. 1.Finnish Meteorological InstituteFinland
  2. 2.Hôpital Arnaud de VilleneuveFrance
  3. 3.University of HelsinkiFinland
  4. 4.University of TurkuFinland
  5. 5.Finnish Meteorological InstituteFinland
  6. 6.Turku Allergy CentreFinland
  7. 7.Aristotle UniversityGreece

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