Interdisciplinary analysis of soil acidification hazard and its legacy effects in Lithuania
- 1Department of Social Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, Klaipeda University, Minijos 153, 93185 Klaipeda, Lithuania
- 2Department of Geography and Landscape Management, Vilnius University, M.K. Ciurlionio 21/27, 03001 Vilnius, Lithuania
- 3Voke Branch of the Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Zalioji a.2, Traku Voke, 02232, Vilnius, Lithuania
- 4Vezaiciai Branch of the Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Vezaiciai, Gargzdu 29, 96216, Klaipeda District, Lithuania
- 5School of Applied Sciences, The University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY, UK
- 6School of Engineering and the Built Environment, The University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY, UK
Abstract. An analysis of factors influencing effective soil acidification management is reported. This analysis was conducted simultaneously at both national and local levels. These investigations were accomplished in three stages: (i) validation of acid soil spatial patterns using systems analysis and geoinformation methods; (ii) spatial statistical analysis of soil pH diversity using a statistical grid method; and (iii) development of the concept of soil acidity management. Results indicate the national spatial distribution of topsoil reaction is a natural and stable phenomenon related to Quaternary sub-surface deposits. However, secondary effects of topsoil liming are evident in both spatial and temporal soil reaction patterns.