Response of forest soil properties to urbanization gradients in three metropolitan areas
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Landscape Ecology. 23: 1187-1203.
We investigated the effects of urban environments on the chemical properties of forest soils in the metropolitan areas of Baltimore, New York, and Budapest. We hypothesized that soils in forest patches in each city will exhibit changes in chemistry corresponding to urbanization gradients, but more strongly with various urban metrics than distance to the urban core. Moreover, differences in parent material and development patterns would differentially affect the soil chemical response in each metropolitan area. Results showed that soil chemical properties varied with measures of urban land use in all three cities, including distance to the urban core, which was an unexpected result.
KeywordsBaltimore Budapest calcium copper heavy metals lead New York urban soil urbanization gradient
Pouyat, Richard V.; Yesilonis, Ian D.; Szlavecz, Katalin; Csuzdi, Csaba; Hornung, Elizabeth; Korsós, Zoltan; Russell-Anelli, Jonathan; Giorgio, Vincent 2008. Response of forest soil properties to urbanization gradients in three metropolitan areas. Landscape Ecology. 23: 1187-1203.