Soil water repellency and pH soil change under tropical pine plantations compared with native tropical forest

Lebron, Inma ORCID:; Robinson, David A. ORCID:; 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.

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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.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 2 - Biogeochemistry and Climate System Processes > BGC - 2.4 - Develop model frameworks to predict future impact of environmental drivers ...
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Emmett
ISSN: 0022-1694
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This document is the author’s final manuscript version of the journal article following the peer review process. Some differences between this and the publisher’s version may remain. You are advised to consult the publisher’s version if you wish to cite from this article.
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 +0 (UTC)

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