Articles | Volume 5, issue 1
SOIL, 5, 63–77, 2019

Special issue: Quantifying weathering rates for sustainable forestry (BG/SOIL...

SOIL, 5, 63–77, 2019

Original research article 05 Feb 2019

Original research article | 05 Feb 2019

Assessing the impact of acid rain and forest harvest intensity with the HD-MINTEQ model – soil chemistry of three Swedish conifer sites from 1880 to 2080

Eric McGivney et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (06 Dec 2018) by Boris Jansen
AR by Jon Petter Gustafsson on behalf of the Authors (11 Dec 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (18 Jan 2019) by Boris Jansen
ED: Publish as is (18 Jan 2019) by Jorge Mataix-Solera(Executive Editor)
Short summary
Forest management may lead to long-term soil acidification due to the removal of base cations during harvest. By means of the HD-MINTEQ model, we compared the acidification effects of harvesting with the effects of historical acid rain at three forested sites in Sweden. The effects of harvesting on pH were predicted to be much smaller than those resulting from acid deposition during the 20th century. There were only very small changes in predicted weathering rates due to acid rain or harvest.