Quantifying Canopy Nitrogen Content in a Soil-Acidified Temperate Forest Using Image Spectroscopy

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The challenge of monitoring the impact of soil acidification on forest health is a critical ecological concern, particularly in the context of increasing nitrogen deposition, which results in decreased soil pH levels. Soil acidification, often stemming from excess nitrogen deposition from sources such as industrial emissions and agricultural runoff, has far-reaching consequences on forest ecosystems. It disrupts the delicate natural nutrient balance within these ecosystems, directly influencing nutrient availability to the forest's resident trees. The interplay of soil acidification and nitrogen deposition creates a multifaceted problem for forest management and conservation. When soil pH levels drop, it can lead to leaching of essential nutrients, like calcium and magnesium, which are vital for the health of both the soil and the trees. This nutrient imbalance negatively affects the growth and vitality of the forest ecosystem, making it imperative to monitor and mitigate these changes effectively. Traditionally, monitoring the impact of soil acidification on forest health has been a challenging task. To address this, scientists and environmental researchers have been exploring advanced technologies, one of which is the use of hyperspectral satellites like PRISMA. These newly launched satellites have the potential to revolutionize our ability to assess the effects of soil acidification on forest ecosystems.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2024
Event13th EARSeL Workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy 2024 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 16 Apr 202419 Apr 2024
Conference number: 13
https://is.earsel.org/workshop/13-IS-Valencia2024/

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Workshop13th EARSeL Workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy 2024
Country/TerritorySpain
CityValencia
Period16/04/2419/04/24
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