The importance of forest type when incorporating forest edge deposition in the evaluation of critical load exceedance

K Wuyts   , A De Schrijver, K Verheyen

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 43-45 (2009)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0486-002
Published: Jan 21, 2009 - Copyright © 2009 SISEF

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Collection/Special Issue: Cost Action E29 Meeting 2008 - Istanbul (Turkey)
Future Monitoring and Research Needs for Forest Ecosystems
Guest Editors: Marcus Schaub (WSL, Birmensdorf, CH)

This paper provides an assessment of the effect of incorporating edge deposition in the evaluation of critical load exceedance in forests, taking into account pollutant type, meteorological conditions, edge orientation, and forest type. In particular we have calculated critical load exceedance in five Flemish regions differing in forest fragmentation extent and/or share of coniferous forest.


Forest edge, Edge effect, Exceedance of critical load, Forest type, Fragmentation

Authors’ address

K Wuyts
A De Schrijver
K Verheyen
Laboratory of Forestry, Department of Forest and Water Management, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University. Geraardsbergsesteenweg 267, B-9090 Gontrode-Melle (Belgium)

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Wuyts K, De Schrijver A, Verheyen K (2009). The importance of forest type when incorporating forest edge deposition in the evaluation of critical load exceedance. iForest 2: 43-45. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0486-002

Academic Editor

Marcus Schaub

Paper history

Received: Jun 19, 2008
Accepted: Dec 09, 2008

First online: Jan 21, 2009
Publication Date: Jan 21, 2009
Publication Time: 1.43 months

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