Critical Loads Projects
For more information about any of these projects, contact Linda Pardo
Critical Loads Mapping for New England States
The goal of this project is to use published, modeled, and online data to calculate critical loads and develop maps for New England States.
- NEG/ECP Forest Mapping Research Project
Generate maps of eastern Canadian Provinces and the six New England states that identify forest areas most sensitive to acidic deposition (N and S).
- Forest Health Monitoring - Forest Inventory Analysis
Incorporate FHM-FIA plots into the New England assessment of forest sensitivity to S and N deposition; evaluate current ecological indicators (crown health, growth and mortality) at the plot level.
Please see the Publications & Products section for information on critical loads calculations, parameters, and data management.
The goal of this project is to estimate Critical Loads using multiple models: the Steady State Mass Balance (SSMB), the Very Simple Dynamic Model (VSD), Model for Acidification of Groundwater in Catchments (MAGIC), and PnET-BCG.
Estimate Critical Loads for Maine using SSMB and VSD.
- Assessment of Critical Load of N and S to Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Calculate critical loads for sulfur (S) and nitrogen (N) deposition to forested ecosystems in Great Smoky Mountain National Park based on existing data using SSMB and VSD.
- Model Comparison in Northern New England and Adirondacks
Compare critical loads for Northern New England and Adirondack (NY) sites using SSMB, VSD, MAGIC, and PnET-BCG.
Critical Loads Protocol for Federal Land Managers
The purpose of this project is to develop a set of guidelines and calculation procedures for the determination of critical loads of nitrogen and sulfur for forest ecosystems in Class 1 Areas throughout the United States.
- An overview of critical loads calculation methods.
- More information on critical loads calculations in Class 1 Areas.
Critical Loads Demonstration Plots
The purpose of this project is to inform air resource specialists of methods available for developing terrestrial critical loads, and to develop a strategy for estimating critical loads in Forest Service Class 1 Areas. The development of demonstration plots will allow evaluation of the plot design, logistical requirements and maintenance concerns prior to developing a broader network of sites in the future
Last Modified: 08/19/2008