The Response of Western Forests to Air Pollution

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This volume presents a summary of research conducted between 1986 and 1990 by the Western Conifers Research Cooperative on the effects of acid rain and associated pollutants on the forests of the Western United States. The book opens with background chapters on topics including physiography, climate, soil sensitivity to acid rain, and methods of air pollution assessment in forests. The second section of the book presents five regional studies of forest growth and condition in the coniferous forests of the ...
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Overview

This volume presents a summary of research conducted between 1986 and 1990 by the Western Conifers Research Cooperative on the effects of acid rain and associated pollutants on the forests of the Western United States. The book opens with background chapters on topics including physiography, climate, soil sensitivity to acid rain, and methods of air pollution assessment in forests. The second section of the book presents five regional studies of forest growth and condition in the coniferous forests of the American West. The book concludes with a chapter of summary, projections, and recommendations. The studies in The Response of Western Forests to Air Pollution provide some of the most detailed analyses to date of the impact of air pollution on plant growth, and include research conducted at scales ranging from small (open-tip chambers) to large (regional growth trends), and at biological levels of organization ranging from seedlings to stands. It will be of interest to ecologists, resource managers, foresters, and environmental policymakers.
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A comprehensive summary of the effects of air pollution on coniferous forests in the western US. Highlighting research conducted between 1986 and 1990, it reviews the literature on ozone, acid rain, and other pollutants. Chapters on forest types, climate, and air pollution patterns are followed by five regional studies of forest growth in the West. The conclusion speculates about the future of Western forests and the possible interactions between air pollution and climate changes, increased UV radiation, and forest management policies. Of interest to ecologists, foresters, resource managers, and environmental policymakers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780387978956
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Series: Ecological Studies , #97
  • Pages: 532

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Contributors
Introduction 1
Sect. I Background
1 Physiography and Forest Types 7
2 Climate 41
3 Air Quality and Deposition 63
4 Sensitivity of Forest Soils in the Western U.S. to Acidic Deposition 153
5 Physiological Effects of Air Pollutants on Western Trees 183
6 Pollution Impacts at the Stand and Ecosystem Levels 235
7 Methods of Assessing Responses of Trees, Stands and Ecosystems to Air Pollution 259
Sect. II Regional Studies of Forest Growth and Condition
8 Old-Growth Douglas-Fir in Western Washington 333
9 Coniferous Forests of the Colorado Front Range 365
Pt. A Mixed Species In Unmanaged Old-Growth Stands 370
Pt. B Ponderosa Pine Second-Growth Stands 385
10 Coniferous Forests of Arizona and New Mexico 403
11 Mixed Conifer Forests of the Sierra Nevada 433
12 Mixed Conifer Forests of the San Bernardino Mountains, California 461
Sect. III Summary and Projections
13 Summary, Projections, and Recommendations 501
Index 523
Appendix I: Map of Western Forest Types map pocket
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