The effects of climate change on element content and soil pH (Síkfőkút DIRT project, Northern Hungary)

János Attila Tóth, Péter Tamás Nagy, Zsolt Krakomperger, Zsuzsa Veres, Zsolt Kotroczó, Sándorné Kincses, István Fekete, Mária Papp, Ilona Mészáros, Viktor Oláh

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In the Detritus Inputs and Removal Treatment (DIRT) field experiments established at the Síkfőkút Site (northern Hungary) in October 2000, an experimental approach was applied to study long-term effects of litter quality and quantity on pH and nutrient mobility of soil in a Quercetum petraeae-cerris forest. Our previous results have suggested that decreases in organic matter content, total N, Ca2+ and Mg2+ concentrations in the soil are the consequence of the reduction in forest litter production induced by climate change and the resultant soil degradation over a longer period. An eight-year litter manipulation demonstrated a relation between soil pH and Mg2+ and Ca2+ concentrations in the soil. The reduction of litter production resulted in a decrease of the soil pH which occurred due to the decreasing Mg2+ and Ca2+ inputs into the soil, and consequent reduction of soil buffering capacity against the acidifying effects of the acidic intermediates of litter decomposition and humus compounds. If the litter production increases as a result of climate change, it should be accompanied by increasing C, total N, Ca2+ and Mg2+ contents in the soil and soil pH, with a positive effect on the soil organic matter and fertility. However, this scenario is rather unlikely as our results indicated decreasing litter production in the measurement period.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Science and Engineering (Subseries
Subtitle of host publicationEnvironmental Science)
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - jan. 1 2013

Publication series

NameEnvironmental Science and Engineering (Subseries: Environmental Science)
ISSN (Print)1863-5520


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Information Systems

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Tóth, J. A., Nagy, P. T., Krakomperger, Z., Veres, Z., Kotroczó, Z., Kincses, S., Fekete, I., Papp, M., Mészáros, I., & Oláh, V. (2013). The effects of climate change on element content and soil pH (Síkfőkút DIRT project, Northern Hungary). In Environmental Science and Engineering (Subseries: Environmental Science) (9783642127243 ed., pp. 77-88). (Environmental Science and Engineering (Subseries: Environmental Science); No. 9783642127243). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.