, Volume 73, Issue 2, pp 345–357 | Cite as

Biogeochemistry of lead in an urban forest in Athens, Greece

  • P. Michopoulos
  • G. Baloutsos
  • A. Economou
  • E.B. Bakeas
  • N.S. Thomaidis


The distribution and cycling of lead (Pb) was examined in an urban forest of Aleppo pine stand in Athens. Concentrations of the soluble fraction of Pb in bulk and throughfall deposition were low, reflectingthe change in petrol form in recent years. However, Pb concentrations in forest floor remain high due to Pb accumulation in previous years. The soil A horizon showed unexpectedly high levels of Pb concentration resulted probably from Pb migration from organic horizons. Pb concentrations in pine needles, litterfall and wood were low, whereas tree bark acted as a sink for Pb and stored high amounts of the metal.


Aleppo pine Bulk deposition Forest floor Litterfall Pb Soil Throughfall 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Michopoulos
    • 1
  • G. Baloutsos
    • 1
  • A. Economou
    • 1
    • 1
  • E.B. Bakeas
    • 2
  • N.S. Thomaidis
    • 2
  1. 1.Forest Research Institute of AthensNational Agricultural Research Foundation (N.AG.RE.F.)AthensGreece
  2. 2.Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, Department of ChemistryNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

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