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Conceptualizing and communicating management effects on forest water quality
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
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2016 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 45, S188-S202 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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We present a framework for evaluating and communicating effects of human activity on water quality in managed forests. The framework is based on the following processes: atmospheric deposition, weathering, accumulation, recirculation and flux. Impairments to water quality are characterized in terms of their extent, longevity and frequency. Impacts are communicated using a "traffic lights" metaphor for characterizing severity of water quality impairments arising from forestry and other anthropogenic pressures. The most serious impairments to water quality in managed boreal forests include (i) forestry activities causing excessive sediment mobilization and extirpation of aquatic species and (ii) other anthropogenic pressures caused by long-range transport of mercury and acidifying pollutants. The framework and tool presented here can help evaluate, summarize and communicate the most important issues in circumstances where land management and other anthropogenic pressures combine to impair water quality and may also assist in implementing the "polluter pays" principle.

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2016. Vol. 45, S188-S202 p.
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Boreal, Environmental communication, Forestry, Water quality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119296DOI: 10.1007/s13280-015-0753-6ISI: 000372300000011PubMedID: 26744053OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-119296DiVA: diva2:920754
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