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  • Organic Carbon
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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, 2012, Vol.93(1), pp.75-88
    Description: Topsoil constituents are eroded from agricultural sites and leached towards drainage channels. This transfer can affect aquatic ecosystems and deteriorate the efficiency of drainage systems and fertilisers. As long as erosion cannot be completely avoided, the recycling of sediments and associated nutrients may offer a sustainable solution to these problems. The aim of our case study at the island Sant Erasmo, lagoon of Venice (Italy) was to assess the ecological problems and potentials of sediment recycling. With our assessment we concentrated on (1) the origin of channel sediments, (2) the benefit of sediment application for increasing the nutrient stocks of the soils, and (3) the risk of heavy metal (HM) contamination of arable soils by sediment application. Samples from soils of horticultural sites, sediments, and waters from adjacent drainage channels and lagoon sediments were analyzed for the concentrations of nutrients (P and K) and HM (Cu, Pb, and Zn). Potentially available channel sediment masses and element stocks were calculated for the soil fertility classes of Sant Erasmo based on local measurements of sediment depths and analyses of aerial photographs by a geographic information system. In a column experiment, leaching of both nutrients and Cu from recently dredged sediments was analyzed. Heavy metal concentrations of soils and channel sediments were much higher than of lagoon sediments. The similarity of the chemical properties of the channel sediments and of top soil samples implies that topsoil material is eroded into the channels. The amount of sediments accumulated in the channels corresponded to soil erosion rates between 2 and 23 t ha −1  a −1 . Channel sediments contained higher concentrations of nutrients and organic carbon but slightly lower concentrations of HM than the soils of adjacent horticultural sites. Sediment P and K yields would be sufficient to replace fertiliser application at the horticultural sites for up to 51 and 35 years, respectively. The column experiment indicated that Cu mobilization induced by oxidation processes is restricted to the first years after sediments are applied to the soils. Our study emphasizes that for a comprehensive assessment of sediment recycling in agricultural systems the available sediment stocks as well as the contents of nutrients and pollutants of the sediment in relation to soils have to be considered.
    Keywords: Phosphorus ; Heavy metals ; Nutrient cycling ; Leaching experiment
    ISSN: 1385-1314
    E-ISSN: 1573-0867
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: Geomorphology, 01 June 2014, Vol.214, pp.157-167
    Description: Sediment trapping and organic carbon (OC) accretion in soil are crucial ecosystem services of floodplain forests. However, interactions between the two processes have scarcely been analyzed at the ecosystem level. This study aimed at quantifying OC accretion parameters (CAP, including sedimentation rate, OC concentration, OC accretion) over roughly the last 50 years on both sides of a dike in a Danubian floodplain forest in Austria. Additionally, we determined soil OC stocks (0–100 cm in depth) and modeled both CAP and OC stocks in relation to environmental parameters. Overall, mean sedimentation rate and OC accretion of the riparian forest were 0.8 cm y and 3.3 t OC ha y and significantly higher in flooded riparian forest (FRF; 1.0 cm y and 4.1 t OC ha y ) than in diked riparian forest (DRF; 0.3 cm y and 1.5 t OC ha y ). In contrast, mean OC concentration (0.05 t OC m ) and OC stocks (238 t OC ha ) were significantly higher in the DRF than in FRF (0.05 vs. 0.04 t OC m and 286 vs. 201 t OC ha ). Modeling revealed tree species, fluctuation of groundwater table, and the distance to the river as valuable indicators for OC accretion rate. The OC concentration and distance to the river were positively and sedimentation negatively correlated with OC stock. The dike was consistently ruled out as a significant predictor variable. Consequently, differences among FRF and DRF seem to be related rather to longer term processes during the last centuries than directly to the dike. Our findings highlight the relevance of sediment quality (i.e., OC concentration) for building up long-term soil OC stocks, whereas sediment quantity is the main driver of recent OC accretion rates.
    Keywords: Carbon Accretion Rate ; Carbon Stock ; Dendrogeomorphology ; Dike ; Floodplain Forest ; Sedimentation Rate ; Geography ; Geology
    ISSN: 0169-555X
    E-ISSN: 1872-695X
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: Catena, April 2016, Vol.139, pp.9-18
    Description: Riparian woodlands consist of different landscape units characterized by different hydroecomorphological site conditions that are reflected in the distribution of soils and tree species. These conditions are determined by flooding frequency and duration, distance to river channels, elevation and water flow velocity. The influence of these environmental drivers on the stabilization of soil organic matter (SOM) has as yet not been investigated. Hence, the aim of our study is to link soil formation and its drivers with stabilizing processes of SOM in riparian floodplain forests. We investigated soils and sediments at two sites in the ash–maple–elm–oak alluvial forest zone (AMEO sites) and two sites in the willow-poplar alluvial forest zone (WiP sites) within the riparian zone of the Danube near Vienna (Austria). Sediments and soils were characterized based on texture, contents of organic carbon (OC), nitrogen, Fe oxides, and soil pH. Density fractionation was used to separate OC fractions in terms of stabilization process and resulting organic matter (OM) turnover time: the free light fraction (fast turnover), the light fraction occluded in aggregates (intermediate turnover) and the heavy fraction of OM associated tightly to mineral surfaces (slow turnover). At both sites, soil and sediment properties reflect the hydroecomorphological site conditions for formation of the landscape units in the riparian zone: Soils at AMEO sites develop during constant deposition of fine-textured sediment while water flow velocity is low. Progressing soil development causes a continuous decrease in OC content with increasing soil depth, mainly from fractions with fast and intermediate turnover. As a consequence the heavy fraction clearly dominates with around 90% of OC. Temporally variable flooding conditions with occurring turbulences found at WiP sites result in a discontinuous change of soil properties with increasing soil depth. Former topsoil horizons buried by huge amounts of sediments seem to keep the OC fractionation typical for topsoil horizons with extraordinarily high amounts of light fraction OM (free and occluded) representing 20–40% of total OC. The presented results confirm that sedimentation and soil formation are simultaneous processes at AMEO sites. At WiP sites both processes seem uncoupled with alternate phases of sedimentation and soil formation. Thus, the frequent burial of topsoil material formed at WiP sites seems to enable the conservation of unstable organic matter fractions at this part of active floodplains.
    Keywords: Fluvisol Formation ; Soil Organic Matter ; Density Fractionation ; Riparian Floodplains ; Soil Aggregates ; Riparian Forests ; Sciences (General) ; Geography ; Geology
    ISSN: 0341-8162
    E-ISSN: 1872-6887
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: Photogrammetrie - Fernerkundung - Geoinformation, 08/01/2013, Vol.2013(4), pp.333-349
    Description: Floodplain ecosystems offer valuable carbon sequestration potential. In comparison to other terrestrial ecosystems, riparian forests have a considerably higher storage capacity for organic carbon (C org ). However, a scientific foundation for the creation of large-scale maps that show the spatial distribution of C org is still lacking. In this paper we explore a machine learning approach using remote sensing and additional geographic data for an area-wide high-resolution estimation of C org stock distribution and evaluate the relevance of individual geofactors. The research area is the Danube Floodplain National Park in Austria, one of the very few pristine riparian habitats left in Central Europe. Two satellite image (Ikonos and Rapid-Eye), historical and current topographic maps, a digital elevation model (DEM), and mean ground-water level (MGW) were included. We compared classifications of C org stocks in vegetation, soils, and total biomass based on two, three, four, and five classes. The results showed that a spatial model of C org in riparian forests can be generated by using a combination of object-based image analysis (OBIA) and classification and regression tree (CART) algorithm. The complexity of Floodplains, where patterns of C org distribution are inherently difficult to define, clearly exacerbated the challenge of achieving high classification accuracy. In assessing the relevance of individual geofactors, we found that remote sensing parameters are more important for the classification of C org in vegetation, whereas parameters from auxiliary geodata, e.g. elevation or historical riverbeds, have more influence for the classification of soil C org stocks. This was also confirmed by a comparative linear multiple regression analysis.
    Keywords: Organic Carbon ; Floodplains ; Cart ; Obia ; Linear Multiple Regression;
    ISSN: 14328364
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  • 5
    Language: English
    In: Geoderma, 15 February 2017, Vol.288, pp.204-212
    Description: Deadwood is a key factor in forest ecosystems, yet how it influences forest soil properties is uncertain. We hypothesized that changes in soil properties induced by deadwood mainly depend on the amount of released phenolic matter. Consequently we expected softwood- and hardwood-related deadwood effects on soil to be explained by unequal enrichment of phenolic substances. We measured differences in the quantity and composition of soil organic matter (SOM), pH, nutrient concentrations, and enzymatic activity between paired control and treatment points influenced by deadwood of silver fir ( Mill.) and European beech ( L.), and checked for correlations with total C and phenolic matter; the latter was quantified as aromaticity of water-extractable organic C through specific UV absorbance at 280 nm. Near fir deadwood, aromaticity and effective cation exchange capacity (CEC) increased while pH decreased. In comparison, concentrations of water-extractable organic C, effective CEC, exchangeable Ca and Mg , base saturation, and available molybdenum-reactive P increased near beech deadwood while exchangeable Al decreased. For fir deadwood, soil properties strongly correlated almost exclusively with total C. For beech deadwood, numerous strong correlations with aromaticity indicated that extractable phenolics influenced soil properties. These differences in correlations imply that deadwood affects soil through the composition of added phenolic matter, which would stem from differing decay processes and organisms. Decayed, particulate lignin from brown-rot in fir deadwood as opposed to oxidized, dissolved lignin from white-rot in beech deadwood would account for our observations.
    Keywords: Coarse Woody Debris ; Soil Chemistry ; Lignin ; Brown-Rot Fungi ; White-Rot Fungi ; Agriculture
    ISSN: 0016-7061
    E-ISSN: 1872-6259
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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: Journal of Soils and Sediments, 2015, Vol.15(1), pp.1-12
    Description: Byline: Daniela Gildemeister (1,2), George Metreveli (1), Sandra Spielvogel (3), Sabina Hens (1,4), Friederike Lang (5), Gabriele E. Schaumann (1) Keywords: Cation bridges; Cross-link; Differential scanning calorimetry; Dissolved organic matter; Glass transition; Water molecule bridges Abstract: Purpose Precipitation of dissolved organic matter (DOM) by multivalent cations is important for biogeochemical cycling of organic carbon. We investigated to which extent cation bridges are involved in DOM precipitation and how cross-links by cations and water molecule bridges (WaMB) stabilise the matrix of precipitated DOM. Materials and methods DOM was precipitated from the aqueous extract of a forest floor layer adding solutions of Ca(NO.sub.3).sub.2, Al(NO.sub.3).sub.3 and Pb(NO.sub.3).sub.2 with different initial metal cation/C (Me/C) ratios. Precipitates were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry before and after ageing to detect cation bridges, WaMB and restructuring of supramolecular structure. Results and discussion Twenty-five to sixty-seven per cent of the dissolved organic carbon was precipitated. The precipitation efficiency of cations increased in the order Ca〈Al〈Pb, while the cation content of precipitates increased in the order Pb〈Ca〈Al. The different order and the decrease in the WaMB transition temperature (T*) for Al/C〉3 is explained by additional formation of small AlOOH particles. Thermal analysis indicated WaMB and their disruption at T* of 53--65 [degrees]C. Like cation content, T* increased with increasing Me/C ratio and in the order Ca〈Pb〈Al for low Me/C. This supports the general assumption that cross-linking ability increases in the order Ca〈Pb〈Al. The low T* for high initial Me/C suggests less stable and less cross-linked precipitates than for low Me/C ratios. Conclusions Our results suggest a very similar thermal behaviour of OM bound in precipitates compared with soil organic matter and confirms the relevance of WaMB in stabilisation of the supramolecular structure of cation-DOM precipitates. Thus, stabilisation of the supramolecular structure of the DOM precipitates is subjected to dynamics in soils. Author Affiliation: (1) Institute for Environmental Sciences, Group of Environmental and Soil Chemistry, Universitat Koblenz-Landau, Fortstr. 7, 76829, Landau, Germany (2) Umweltbundesamt, FG IV 2.2 Pharmaceuticals, Worlitzer Platz 1, 06844, Dessau-Ro[sz]lau, Germany (3) Department of Geography, Institute of Integrated Natural Sciences, Universitat Koblenz-Landau, Universitatsstr. 1, 56070, Koblenz, Germany (4) GN Dr. Netta Beratende Ingenieure und Geowissenschaftler, Bienengarten 3, 56072, Koblenz, Germany (5) Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg, Institute of Forest Sciences, 79085, Freiburg i.Br., Germany Article History: Registration Date: 09/07/2014 Received Date: 02/04/2014 Accepted Date: 09/07/2014 Online Date: 30/07/2014 Article note: Responsible editor: Dong-Mei Zhou Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article (doi: 10.1007/s11368-014-0946-9) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
    Keywords: Cation bridges ; Cross-link ; Differential scanning calorimetry ; Dissolved organic matter ; Glass transition ; Water molecule bridges
    ISSN: 1439-0108
    E-ISSN: 1614-7480
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  • 7
    Language: English
    In: Soil Science Society of America Journal, Nov-Dec, 2004, Vol.68(6), p.1853(10)
    Description: Recent [N.sub.2] adsorption studies have suggested a 'pore clogging' effect on mineral soil phases caused by organic matter coatings. For methodological reasons, this pore clogging effect has been studied only after drying. Our hypothesis was that pore clogging is affected by drying of organic coatings. In our study, we used AlOOH, which has been equilibrated with dissolved organic matter (DOM) and polygalacturonic acid [[PGA; [([C.sub.6][H.sub.8][O.sub.6]).sup.n]]. To test our hypothesis, we determined the porosity of moist and freeze-dried AlOOH samples. Freeze-dried samples were analyzed by [N.sub.2] adsorption, moist samples by [sup.1]H-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). In addition, the samples were characterized by environmental scanning electron microscopy--energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (ESEM-EDX). Both, DOM and PGA significantly reduced specific surface area (SS[A.sub.BET]) of AlOOH by 34 [m.sup.2][g.sup.-1](15%) and 77 [m.sup.2] [g.sup.-1] (36%). The reduction in SS[A.sub.BET] normalized to the amount of C sorbed was 1.0 [m.sup.2] [mg.sup.-1] DOM-C and 5.9 [m.sup.2] [mg.sup.-1] PGA-C. Dissolved OM reduced the pore volume of micro- and small mesopores 〈3 nm whereas PGA also reduced the volume of larger pores. The [sup.1]H-NMR results of moist samples showed that PGA sorption reduced the amount of water in pores 〈4 nm. In addition, the pore size maximum of AlOOH increased by 150%. Polygalacturonic acid coatings created new interparticle pores of about 10- to 70-nm size that are not stable upon freeze-drying. Porosity changes upon DOM-treatment were not commensurable by [sup.1]H-NMR. Our results indicate that clogging of micro- and small mesopores is not an artifact of freeze-drying. Polygalacturonic acid seems not only to cover the mouth of AlOOH-nanometer pores but also to fill them.
    Keywords: Soil Mineralogy -- Research
    ISSN: 0361-5995
    E-ISSN: 14350661
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  • 8
    Language: English
    In: Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, October 2010, Vol.173(5), pp.644-653
    Description: Riparian forests are assumed to play a crucial role in the global carbon cycle. However, little data are available on C stocks of floodplains in comparison to other terrestrial ecosystems. In this study, we quantified the C stocks of aboveground biomass and soils of riparian vegetation types at 76 sampling sites in the Donau‐Auen National Park in Austria. Based on our results and a remotely sensed vegetation map, we estimated total C stocks. Carbon stocks in soils (up to 354 t ha within 1 m below surface) were huge compared to other terrestrial ecosystems. As expected, soils of different vegetation types showed different texture with a higher percentage of sandy soils at the softwood sites, while loamy soils prevailed at hardwood sites. Total C stocks of vegetation types were significantly different, but reflect differences in woody plant biomass rather than in soil C stocks. Mature hardwood and cottonwood forests proved to have significantly higher total C stocks (474 and 403 t ha, respectively) than young reforestations (217 t ha) and meadows (212 t ha). The C pools of softwood forests (356 t ha) ranged between those of hardwood/cottonwood forests and of reforestations/meadows. Our study proves the relevance of floodplains as possible C sinks, which should be increasingly taken into account for river management. Furthermore, we conclude that plant‐species distribution does not indicate the conditions of sedimentation and soil C sequestration over the time span of interest for the development of soil C stocks.
    Keywords: Carbon Stocks ; Organic Carbon ; Donau‐Auen National Park ; Fluvial Ecosystems ; Riparian Forest
    ISSN: 1436-8730
    E-ISSN: 1522-2624
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