The Solling roof revisited - slow recovery from acidification observed and modeled despite a decade of "clean-rain" treatment

Liisa Fransson, N Lamersdorf, Per Warfvinge

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Soil chemistry under the Solling clean-rain roof was simulated using the dynamic multi-layer soil chemistry model SAFE, including sulfate adsorption. Soil was sampled in order to parameterize the pH and sulfate concentration dependent sulfate adsorption isotherm used in SAFE. Modeled soil solution chemistry was compared to the 14 year long time-series of monthly measurements of soil solution data at 10 and 100 cm depth. The deposition of N and S under the roof has been reduced by 68% and 53%, respectively, compared to the surrounding area. Despite this the soil solution concentrations of sulfate are still high (a median of 420 mu mol(c)/L at 100 cm depth between 2000 and 2002) and the soil base saturation low (approximately 3 % in the whole profile in 1998). Sulfate adsorption is an important process in Solling. The soil capacity to adsorb sulfate is large, the modeled adsorbed pool in 2003 down to 100 cm was 1030 kg S/ha, and the measured sulfate concentration is high, due to release of adsorbed sulfate. The addition of sulfate adsorption improved the modeled sulfate dynamics although the model still slightly underestimated the sulfate concentration at 100 cm. Model predictions show no recovery, based on the criteria of Bc/Al ratio above 1 in the rooting zone, before the year 2050, independent of future deposition cuts. (c) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-302
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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  • Chemical Engineering


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