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    Author(s): Jerzy Wawrzoniak
    Date: 1998
    Source: In: Bytnerowicz, Andrzej; Arbaugh, Michael J.; Schilling, Susan L., tech. coords. Proceedings of the international symposium on air pollution and climate change effects on forest ecosystems. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-166. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: 255-258
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    Vitality inventories of Scots pine stands, the most common species in Poland, have been done since 1991 by using the ICP-Forest methodology. In Scots pine stands older than 40 years, 1,040 observation plots were established. Defoliation was used as the primary indicator of stand vitality. During 1991 to 1995, SO2 and NOx were measured at 1,417 forest locations using passive samplers. The interrelation between changes of precipitation amounts during the growing season and vitality of Scots zones with different air pollution levels was studied. The analysis was done in three zones of Poland: north Poland is considered a relatively clean area; the central part of Poland is characterized as having an average level of pollution; and south Poland has the highest pollution. In each of these zones, decreasing concentrations of SO2 and NOx were observed during the past 5 years. Changes of vitality in Scots pine stands caused by the amount of precipitation and air pollution level in the growing season were studied for each of the three zones.

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    Wawrzoniak, Jerzy. 1998. Response of Scots pine stand vitality to changes in environmental factors in Poland, 1991-1995. In: Bytnerowicz, Andrzej; Arbaugh, Michael J.; Schilling, Susan L., tech. coords. Proceedings of the international symposium on air pollution and climate change effects on forest ecosystems. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-166. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: 255-258

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