Geographia Polonica (1986) vol. 52

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Pine forests in Poland. Their productivity, distribution and degradation

Alicja I. Breymeyer

Geographia Polonica (1986) vol. 52, pp. 101-110

Abstract

The present paper considers the basic information we have on the biomass,productivity and distribution of pine forests in Poland and the distribution of airpollution with sulphur in the same area. It is already well known that coniferousforests are particularly susceptible to pollution with sulphur oxides; they disappearfrom large areas in many regions of Poland and other countries of Central Europe.Air pollution with sulphur is likely to be continued in Poland for a long time sincethe main source of sulphur is coal combustion, and coal will be the basic sourceof energy in Poland for a long time. Preliminary estimates of the present situationand some predictions for pine forests in Poland are based on materials from forestinventories made by forestry services, on results of detailed ecological investigationsconducted in some stands, and on a comparison of two maps: the most recentsatellite map of land use and a prognostic map of air pollution.

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Alicja I. Breymeyer [a.breym@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, 00-818 Warsaw, Twarda 51/55, Poland