Atmospheric Deposition

  • Christopher S. Cronan
Part of the Springer Textbooks in Earth Sciences, Geography and Environment book series (STEGE)


Biogeochemical processes in watershed ecosystems are closely coupled with dynamic and complex cycling processes and source-sink relationships involving the atmosphere. In some cases, terrestrial systems act as important emission sources contributing to atmospheric chemistry; in other cases, watersheds serve as major sinks or receptors for elements and compounds cycling through the atmosphere. This chapter focuses on the role of atmospheric deposition in ecosystem element budgets and the factors that determine the chemistry and amounts of atmospheric deposition found in different regions and watersheds. Comparative field data are presented in an effort to illustrate patterns of atmospheric deposition observed at various watershed study sites.


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  • Christopher S. Cronan
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  1. 1.School of Biology and EcologyUniversity of MaineOronoUSA

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