Discussion and Synthesis

  • Gunnar Abrahamsen
  • Arne O. Stuanes
  • Bjørn Tveite
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 104)


As mentioned in Chapter 1, knowledge of and concern about the effects of acidic rain in Norway go back to the late 1950s and the beginning of the 1960s. However, it was not untill the beginning of the 1970s, after the UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in 1971, that politicians and the public began showing interest in the problem. At the Stockholm Conference, Svante Odén from Sweden claimed that the soil in Scandinavia was severely acidified by acidic deposition (RMFA, RMA 1971). Norwegian botanists followed up by describing scenarios in which forest production was substantially reduced (Dahl and Skre 1971). The views of these scientists received remarkable attention and, especially in Norway, funds were given to initiate a large project on “Acid precipitation—effect on forest and fish” (The SNSF Project) (Overrein et al. 1980).


Base Cation Acidic Deposition Acidic Precipitation Soil Animal Forest Decline 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gunnar Abrahamsen
    • 1
  • Arne O. Stuanes
    • 2
  • Bjørn Tveite
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Soil and Water SciencesAgricultural University of NorwayÅsNorway
  2. 2.Norwegian Forest Research InstituteÅsNorway
  3. 3.Norwegian Forest Research InstituteÅsNorway

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