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Development of an indicator for ozone damage to vegetation in Flanders through construction of an ozone flux model

Commissioned by MIRA and in collaboration with IRCEL, VITO constructed an ozone flux model. This model allows for the area-wide calculation of the Phytotoxic Ozone Dose (PODʏ) to be used as indicator for ozone damage to vegetation. Increased ozone concentrations can lead to leaf discolouration and defoliation, stunted growth or even premature death of the plant. For crops this moreover leads to reduction in yield. The ozone flux model calculates PODʏ values for potatoes, grassland, corn, wheat, arable land, hardwood and softwood in Flanders or Belgium.

Transition to sustainable mobility in cities: an analysis framework

Urban mobility is a complex system. How can cities make the transition to sustainable mobility? What opportunities enable such a transition, and what threats will complicate it? In collaboration with Thuis in de stad (Agentschap Binnenlands Bestuur), MIRA commissioned BUUR and shiftN with the development of an analysis framework to thoroughly examine urban mobility systems. The framework allows the in-depth analysis of current mobility systems and the assessment of the potential for transition to sustainable mobility. The analysis framework offers no ready-made answers, but helps us read, describe and understand the complex system of urban mobility.

The Index for Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW) for Flanders, 1990-2013

Economic welfare is traditionally measured using the gross domestic product (GDP). There are, however, also other factors to be taken into account, such as social and environmental aspects. The Index for Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW) offers an alternative approach. This MIRA report traces the evolution of the ISEW for Flanders over the period 1990-2013 using an improved methodology. The study was conducted by Ghent University.

Megatrends: far-reaching, but also out of reach? How do megatrends influence the environment in Flanders?

The world's population is growing, development ambitions are increasing, the middle class is expanding, and urbanisation is on the rise. Emerging countries are reshaping the world order, both economically and geopolitically. But also society is in many respects becoming more diverse and vulnerable, with growing contrasts. They are examples of megatrends: already apparent long-term change processes that may have far-reaching effects for both society and the environment in Flanders.

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