Natural Environment Monitoring 2008, No 9, 47-55
DIFFERENTIATION OF THROUGHFALL IN SELECT SYLVAN ECOSYSTEMS IN ŚWIĘTOKRZYSKIE MOUNTAINS AND LOW BESKIDS
Witold Bochenek, Marek Jóźwiak, Małgorzata Kijowska, Rafał Kozłowski
Physiochemical properties and chemistry of atmospheric precipitation being influenced by air pollution are key elements contributing to present degradation of natural environment. The purpose of this study is to present spatial diversity of throughfall in sylvan ecosystem of Świętokrzyskie Mountains and Low Beskids. The measurements of physiochemical properties (pH, SEC) of throughfall were performed in 7-day cycle during research in the field.
It was observed that in fir-stand and spruce-stand a versatile transformation of chemical properties of water penetrating tree-crowns takes place which is caused by the age of the trees forming a beech-stand and morphological features of tree-crowns of both species. Horizontal distribution of rainfall contributes to diversity of physiochemical properties of water of throughfall. Their high frequency in Świętokrzyskie Mountains forms properties of water of throughfall beneath firs. No similar effect is observed in spruce-stand in Low Beskids.