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Title: Factors underlying differential ecosystem recovery from acidfiication of upland waters in the river Cree catchment area, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Author: Bray, Robert
ISNI:       0000 0004 2671 1740
Awarding Body: The University of Strathclyde
Current Institution: University of Strathclyde
Date of Award: 2008
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Acid Rain, or more correctly Acid Deposition, has been responsible for widespread damage to forests and to aquatic ecosystems, causing ecological simplification, the loss of acid-sensitive species and a reduction in biodiversity. Although major international agreements have succeeded in reducing acid deposition in Europe and North America, overall global emissions of acidifying pollutants continues to increase. Even in regions where the emissions have fallen substantially, biological recovery of many waters has been slower and more uneven than chemical recovery. In Scotland, the Galloway hills of the South West have been identified as showing particularly noteworthy discrepancies between predicted and observed recovery from acidification. Two main factors have been used to explain this: geology (specifically granitic bedrocks that have reduced buffering) and land-use (specifically coniferous afforestation that is widely associated with high levels of acidification impact).
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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