Forest Management Effects on Below-Ground Hydrological Processes

  • Viliam NovákEmail author
  • Viliam Pichler
  • Elisabeth Graf-Pannatier
  • Edward P. Farrell
  • Marián Homolák
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 212)


Forests significantly affect their own and adjacent environments. These effects can be modified through management practices that influence tree species composition, structure, texture and the density of forest stands. Resulting changes exert an impact on below-ground hydrological processes in forests ecosystems, e.g. infiltration, redistribution and seepage. The choice of tree species, thinning and tending, application of forest management systems, rotation periods, as well as ditching or burning exert decisive impacts on the most important water transport routes and interfaces, as well as processes and parameters associated with them. They include leaf area index, roughness and albedo of forest canopies, interception and its spatial variability, stemflow, surface humus layer properties, water repellency of soils, desiccation and others. All of them exist in a highly heterogeneous environment that results in non-uniform and unstable flow of water. Finally, the influence of forest management practices on the quality of water (mainly nitrogen content) in forest ecosystems is discussed.


Forest Soil Soil Water Content Forest Management Coarse Woody Debris Preferential Flow 
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Parts of this work have been funded by the APVV project No. 0468/06, VEGA 1/0723/08 and MVTS related to FP0601.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Viliam Novák
    • 1
    Email author
  • Viliam Pichler
    • 2
  • Elisabeth Graf-Pannatier
    • 3
  • Edward P. Farrell
    • 4
  • Marián Homolák
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Soil HydrologyInstitute of Hydrology, Slovak Academy of SciencesBratislava 3Slovak Republic
  2. 2.Department of Natural EnvironmentTechnical University in ZvolenZvolenSlovak Republic
  3. 3.Soil Sciences UnitEidg. Forschungsanstalt WSLBirmensdorfSwitzerland
  4. 4.Forest Ecosystem Research Group, Department of Environmental Resource ManagementUniversity College DublinDublinIreland

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