Changes in soil pH across England and Wales in response to decreased acid deposition

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Kirk, G. J. D., Bellamy, P. H. and Lark, R. M. 2010. Changes in soil pH across England and Wales in response to decreased acid deposition. Global Change Biology. 16 (11), pp. 3111-3119.

AuthorsKirk, G. J. D., Bellamy, P. H. and Lark, R. M.
Abstract

Analysis of data from the National Soil Inventory of England and Wales obtained between 1978 and 2003 shows widespread increases in soil pH - i.e., soils became less acid - across both countries during the survey period. In general, soil pH increased under all land uses. At least part of the increase and its regional variation could be explained by decreased sulphur deposition from the atmosphere. Changes in liming practices on arable land probably also contributed. The effect of decreased sulphur deposition was moderated by land use, soil properties - particularly soil pH and organic carbon content - and the level of past sulphur deposition.

Keywordsbiodiversity conservation; Ecology; Environmental Sciences
Year of Publication2010
JournalGlobal Change Biology
Journal citation16 (11), pp. 3111-3119
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.02135.x
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
DEFRA - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs UK
NERC - Natural Environment Research Council
Funder project or codeCentre for Mathematical and Computational Biology (MCB)
Complex spatial variation of environmental variables: sampling, prediction and interpretation
PublisherWiley
Grant IDSP0545
NE/D012848/1
ISSN1354-1013

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