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Atmospheric deposition in forest edges measured by monitoring canopy throughfall

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Atmospheric dry deposition in two forest edges was studied by means of monitoring canopy throughfall in Douglas Fir stands. Throughfall fluxes in the first 50 to 100 m of forest edges were found to be substantially higher than fluxes in the interior of forest stands. Sodium and chloride showed the steepest throughfall flux gradients. Ions important for soil acidification and eutrophication showed relatively less steep but still significant gradients. The mean increase of the throughfall flux at 10 m, with respect to the flux at 200 m from the forest edge amounted to 150% for Na+, 119% for Cl, 54% for S04 2−, 38% for NO3 , and 39% for NH4 + The enhancement of dry deposition in forest edges strongly depends on wind velocity and wind direction during dry deposition. Particularly trees in forest edges exposed to prevailing wind directions receive relatively large amounts of dry deposition.

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Draaijers, G.P.J., Ivens, W.P.M.F. & Bleuten, W. Atmospheric deposition in forest edges measured by monitoring canopy throughfall. Water Air Soil Pollut 42, 129–136 (1988).

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  • Sodium
  • Chloride
  • Wind Direction
  • Wind Velocity
  • Soil Acidification