The role of soil-protecting forests in reducing soil erosion in young glacial landscapes of Northern-Central Poland

Paweł Wiśniewski , Michael Märker


The use of phytomelioration in environmental management, particularly in case of long-term, permanent forest vegetation, is one of the most natural and effective ways to mitigate the effects of soil erosion. Forests in general have a very effective protective function. The paper identifies differences in the basic soil properties along slope surfaces, in relation to the land use. Moreover, the role of soil-protecting forests in reducing the intensity and effects of soil erosion processes was assessed. The research was conducted in the young glacial landscape of north-central Poland. Analysis of soil catenas along the slopes and of material collected from the soil pits revealed that the forests highly protect against the degradation of soil cover, especially, in limiting, among others, loss of humus and the reduction of upper soil horizons. On the slopes under forests, clear changes in particle size distribution in relation to the adjacent slopes used for agricultural purposes were observed.
Author Paweł Wiśniewski (FOG / IG / DPGEM)
Paweł Wiśniewski,,
- Department of Physical Geography and Environmental Management
, Michael Märker
Michael Märker,,
Journal seriesGeoderma, ISSN 0016-7061, (N/A 200 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishSoil erosion, soil protection, soil catenas, hillslopes, soil-protecting forests, young glacial landscape
ASJC Classification1111 Soil Science
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)200
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 200.0, 17-11-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.745; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 4.336 (2) - 2018=4.564 (5)
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