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By Gerald R. Visgilio, Diana M. Whitelaw

This booklet is the results of a convention held biannually on the Goodwin-Niering heart for Conservation Biology and Environmental reviews at Connecticut university. It makes use of an interdisciplinary method of specialize in very important ecological affects of acid deposition. The publication combines study findings and the coverage analyses of specialists from diversified educational disciplines with the positions complex via representatives of varied nongovernmental organisations.

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Other analyses have been conducted to evaluate the response of watersheds in Canada and Europe to future emission reductions (Wright 2003). In sum, acidic deposition is a pervasive problem that has had a greater impact on soils, terrestrial vegetation, surface waters, and aquatic biota than previously projected. 5. Acidification models Scientists have developed computer models that depict the physical, chemical and biological processes within forest watersheds. Watershed acidification models can be used as research and management tools to investigate factors responsible for the historical acidification of soil and water as well as the ecosystem response to anticipated future changes in acidic deposition.

The recovery of surface waters in response to emission controls has therefore been delayed and will not be complete until the sulfate left by a long legacy of acidic deposition is released from the soil. Similarly, nitrogen has accumulated in soil beyond the amount needed by the forest and appears now to be leaching into surface waters in Europe and North America (Dise and Wright 1995; Aber et al. 2003; Nadelhoffer, this volume). Forests typically require more nitrogen for growth than is available in the soil.

One of the interesting features of many of the people involved with NAPAP was how relatively inexperienced so many of them were. Of course, there were senior agency managers involved in each agency. But there was also a plethora of junior, early and mid-career employees in each agency, many of whom had been entrusted with a great deal of authority and responsibility. NAPAP was for many of them a seminal feature of their professional development, as it was for me. A large cadre of these participants has gone on to have extremely interesting and quite varied careers in government, academia, industry, environmental groups, and think tanks.

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