Metal accumulation in mosses across national boundaries: uncovering and ranking causes of spatial variation.

Schröder, Winfried; Pesch, Roland; Englert, Cordula; Harmens, Harry; Suchara, Ivan; Zechmeister, Harald G; Thöni, Lotti; Maňkovská, Blanka; Jeran, Zvonka; Grodzinska, Krystyna; Alber, Renate. 2008 Metal accumulation in mosses across national boundaries: uncovering and ranking causes of spatial variation. Environmental Pollution, 151 (2). 377-388.

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This study aimed at cross-border mapping metal loads in mosses in eight European countries in 1990, 1995, and 2000 and at investigating confounding factors. Geostatistics was used for mapping, indicating high local variances but clear spatial autocorrelations. Inference statistics identified differences of metal concentrations in mosses on both sides of the national borders. However, geostatistical analyses did not ascertain discontinuities of metal concentrations in mosses at national borders due to sample analysis in different laboratories applying a range of analytical techniques. Applying Classification and Regression Trees (CART) to the German moss data as an example, the local variation in metal concentrations in mosses were proved to depend mostly on different moss species, potential local emission sources, canopy drip and precipitation.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biogeochemistry > BG03 Quantifying the growing threat to plant and human health from ground level ozone > BG03.1 Field Studies of Ozone Effects on Semi-Natural Vegetation
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Emmett
ISSN: 0269-7491
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Additional Keywords: Classification and Regression Trees (CART), geostatistics, metal bioaccumulation, mosses, ordination
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 26 Mar 2008 12:11 +0 (UTC)

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