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Effects of ozone depletion and increased ultraviolet-B radiation on northern vegetation

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Publiceringsår: 1999
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 331-337
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Polar Research
Volym: 18
Nummer: 2
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Norwegian Polar Institute

Sammanfattning

The stratospheric ozone layer has been depleted at high and mid-latitudes as a consequence of man's pollution of the atmosphere, and this results in increasing ultraviolet-B radiation at ground level. We investigate the effects of further radiation increases on plants and ecosystems by irradiating natural sub-Arctic and Arctic vegetation with artificial W-B radiation in field experiments extending over several years. Our experimental sites are located at Abisko, in northern Sweden (68 degrees N), and Adventdalen, on the island of Spitsbergen (78 degrees N). Additional UV-B induced interspecific differences in plant response in terms of reduced (or, in one case, increased) growth, changed morphology and changed pigment content. In some cases effects seem to be accumulated from one year to another. Plant litter decomposition is retarded. We are also studying how UV-B enhancement may affect the interaction between species. In some experiments we combine UV-B enhancement with changes in other factors: carbon dioxide concentration, water availability, and temperature. In some cases the effect of radiation enhancement is modified, or even reversed, by such changes. Over a four year period we did not find any significant radiation induced change in species composition, but based on the effects on individual plant species, such changes can be expected to take place over a longer time.

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  • Biology and Life Sciences
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences

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  • ISSN: 0800-0395

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