Input to Soil, Especially the Influence of Vegetation in Intercepting and Modifying Inputs — A Review

  • R. Mayer
  • B. Ulrich
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 4)


Input to soil covered by vegetation would not require special attention if it would simply be the sum of atmospheric inputs, i.e. the sum of wet and dry deposition. But in contrary to this, atmospheric sources may contribute to soil input as well as vegetation itself. This may best be explained with the help of a schematic representation (Figure 1) which was essentially taken from Slinn.1 The model applies only to terrestrial ecosystems. The designations for different inputs and fluxes shown in the figure are very much reflecting the methods used to measure them. Therefore discussion of the topic must include the discussion of methods.


River Runoff Canopy Layer Filter Efficiency Vegetation Canopy Atmospheric Input 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Mayer
    • 1
  • B. Ulrich
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Bodenkunde und WaldernährungUniversität GöttingenFederal Republic of Germany

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