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Dynamic modelling of target loads of acidifying deposition for forest ecosystems in Flanders (Belgium)

J Staelens (1-2)   , J Neirynck (2), G Genouw (2), P Roskams (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 30-33 (2009)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0484-002
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)

The aim of this study was to determine target loads for acidification for representative forest ecosystems in Flanders (Belgium) using dynamic modelling. Target loads were calculated for 83 forest stands for which sufficient measurements were available. This dataset is considered to be representative for the Flemish forest area. It is concluded that, despite the inherent uncertainty in modelling soil acidification at a regional level, important N and S deposition reductions are needed to allow recovery of the Flemish forest soils.


Acidifying deposition, Critical load, Ecosystem recovery, VSD model, Target load

Authors’ address

J Staelens
Laboratory of Forestry, Laboratory of Applied Physical Chemistry, Ghent University, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent (Belgium)
J Staelens
J Neirynck
G Genouw
P Roskams
Research Institute for Nature and Forest, Gaverstraat 4, 9500 Geraardsbergen (Belgium)

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Staelens J, Neirynck J, Genouw G, Roskams P (2009). Dynamic modelling of target loads of acidifying deposition for forest ecosystems in Flanders (Belgium). iForest 2: 30-33. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0484-002

Academic Editor

Marcus Schaub

Paper history

Received: Mar 13, 2008
Accepted: Dec 09, 2008

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

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