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Response of forest soil properties to urbanization gradients in three metropolitan areas


Katalin Szlavecz
Csaba Csuzdi
Elizabeth Hornung
Zoltan Korsós
Jonathan Russell-Anelli
Vincent Giorgio



Publication type:

Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Primary Station(s):

Northern Research Station


Landscape Ecology. 23: 1187-1203.


We investigated the effects of urban environments on the chemical properties of forest soils in the metropolitan areas of Baltimore, New York, and Budapest. We hypothesized that soils in forest patches in each city will exhibit changes in chemistry corresponding to urbanization gradients, but more strongly with various urban metrics than distance to the urban core. Moreover, differences in parent material and development patterns would differentially affect the soil chemical response in each metropolitan area. Results showed that soil chemical properties varied with measures of urban land use in all three cities, including distance to the urban core, which was an unexpected result.


Pouyat, Richard V.; Yesilonis, Ian D.; Szlavecz, Katalin; Csuzdi, Csaba; Hornung, Elizabeth; Korsós, Zoltan; Russell-Anelli, Jonathan; Giorgio, Vincent. 2008. Response of forest soil properties to urbanization gradients in three metropolitan areas. Landscape Ecology. 23: 1187-1203.


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