Nitrogen cycling on five headwater forested catchments in Mid-Appalachians of Pennsylvania

David R. Dewalle, Anthony R. Buda, Jennifer A. Eismeier, William E. Sharpe, Bryan R. Swistock, Patricia L. Craig, Michael A. O'Driscoll

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Nitrogen cycling has been studied since 1988 on five headwater forested catchments in the Mid-Appalachian region of northeast United States to determine impacts of atmospheric deposition. Nitrogen dissolved in streams was dominated by NO3-N but dissolved organic nitrogen was a significant component of stream export. Watershed input-output budgets showed nitrogen retention varied from 63-96% of estimated atmospheric deposition inputs. Retention and losses of nitrogen occurred primarily in the uplands on Baldwin Creek basin, with lesser losses occurring in riparian lowland regions around seeps and the main stream corridor. With the exception of one basin that experienced forest decline and salvage logging, no significant trends in stream NO3-N concentrations have been detected over the past 15 years due to the Clean Air Act.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-36
Number of pages8
JournalIAHS-AISH Publication
Issue number294
StatePublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Oceanography


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