Soil water repellency and pH soil change under tropical pine plantations compared with native tropical forest
Lebron, Inma; Robinson, David A.; Oatham, Mike; Wuddivira, Mark N.. 2012 Soil water repellency and pH soil change under tropical pine plantations compared with native tropical forest. Journal of Hydrology, 414-415. 194-200. 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.10.031Full text not available from this repository.
In temperate climates, soil water repellency (SWR) has been documented to develop with land-use change from native forest to pine plantations. In the tropics a sparse evidence base has been documented for the observation of SWR, but no investigation has been conducted to determine the consequences of changing land-use from native forest to pine plantations with regard to SWR. In our research we broaden the evidence base for tropical SWR by comparing the SWR behavior of seven tropical pine plantations in Trinidad with co-located native forest. We found that SWR occurred under both pine and native forest, but was more persistent and less heterogeneous under pine. The SWR was water content dependent with a threshold ~0.2 m3m-3, it showed a linear dependence with litter depth, and it was also found to be higher in more acidic soils. The forest floor pH, contrary to convention for temperate climates, was observed to increase under some pine plantations, as compared with native tropical forest. This only occurred in the very acidic tropical soils (pH<4), but may have important biogeochemical consequences with regard to soil and water quality.
|Programmes:||CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 2 - Biogeochemistry and Climate System Processes > BGC - 2.4 - Develop model frameworks to predict future impact of environmental drivers ...|
|Additional Keywords:||soil water repellency, pine plantations, hydrophobicity, tropical forest, pH changes, soil water content, litter|
|NORA Subject Terms:||Agriculture and Soil Science|
|Date made live:||21 Dec 2011 11:10|
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