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Predicting the potential sensitivity of high elevation wilderness vegetation to changes in atmospheric chemistry - a strategy

Posted date: May 28, 2015
Publication Year: 
1995
Publication Series: 
General Technical Report (GTR)
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-262. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. p. 63-67.

Abstract

A new strategy to estimate the sensitivity of alpine plant species to atmospheric deposition is presented. This approach utilizes plant physiological and morphological characteristics to estimate pollutant uptake. The plant characteristics can be determined quickly and easily in the field within the constraints of allowable activities in Class I wilderness areas. Species in two alpine sites have been sampled and the first potential sensitivity rankings of alpine species have been constructed. While the accuracy of these rankings still needs to be verified, they provide a framework for prioritizing species for future research.

Citation

Schoettle, Anna W. 1995. Predicting the potential sensitivity of high elevation wilderness vegetation to changes in atmospheric chemistry - a strategy. In: Tinus, Richard W., tech. ed. Interior West Global Change workshop. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-262. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. p. 63-67.