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Quantitative study on nitrogen deposition and canopy retention in Mediterranean evergreen forests

Autores: Avila, A.; Aguillaume, L.; Izquieta Rojano, Sheila; García-Gómez, H.; Elustondo Valencia, David; Santamaría Ulecia, Jesús Miguel; Alonso, R.
Título de la revista: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLLUTION RESEARCH
ISSN: 0944-1344
Volumen: 24
Número: 34
Páginas: 26213 - 26226
Fecha de publicación: 2017
Resumen:
To assess the impact of nitrogen (N) pollutants on forest ecosystems, the role of the interactions in the canopy needs to be understood. A great number of studies have addressed this issue in heavily N-polluted regions in north and central Europe. Much less information is available for the Iberian Peninsula, and yet this region is home to mountain forests and alpine grasslands that may be at risk due to excessive N deposition. To establish the basis for ecology-based policies, there is a need to better understand the forest response to this atmospheric impact. To fill this gap, in this study, we measured N deposition (as bulk, wet, and throughfall fluxes of dissolved inorganic nitrogen) and air N gas concentrations from 2011 to 2013 at four Spanish holm oak (Quercus ilex) forests located in different pollution environments. One site was in an area of intensive agriculture, two sites were influenced by big cities (Madrid and Barcelona, respectively), and one site was in a rural mountain environment 40 km north of Barcelona. Wet deposition ranged between 0.54 and 3.8 kg N ha-1 year-1 for ammonium (NH4+)-N and between 0.65 and 2.1 kg N ha-1 year-1 for nitrate (NO3-)-N, with the lowest deposition at the Madrid site for both components. Dry deposition was evaluated with three different approaches: (1) a canopy budget model based in throughfall measurements, (2) a branch washing method, and (3) inferential calculations.