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Element Fluxes in Atmosphere, Vegetation and Soil

  • Otto Fränzle
  • Claus-Georg Schimming
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 202)

The juxtaposition of element sources and sinks in a landscape is clearly the major determinant of overall element fluxes. Connections between landscape components can be complex and counter-intuitive; for example, groundwater flow can bypass riparian zones, as the following Chapters will show. Therefore, quantitative landscape- scale evaluations of element fluxes are difficult. They require models capable of depicting internal and input/output element dynamics in diverse ecosystems, as well as landscape-scale hydrologic processes (Chapter 10). These requirements are a challenge to modellers who have to balance the need for detail in their models with the need to be comprehensive; this involves linking simulation models of flux rates with geographic information systems to carry out landscape-scale assessments. As Chapters 9–11 may show, this combination of various approaches to quantitatively define element fluxes through interrelated terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of the study area on a hierarchy of temporal and spatial scales provides reciprocally new and deeper insights into structure and function of ecosystem complexes.

Keywords

Beech Forest Bulk Deposition Beech Stand Element Flux Dead Organic Matter 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Otto Fränzle
    • 1
  • Claus-Georg Schimming
    • 1
  1. 1.Ökologie-Zentrum der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu KielGermany

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