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Growth acceleration of Pinus sylvestris in bog stands due to intensified nutrient influx from the atmosphere.


Positive influence of small and moderate deposition loads of oil-shale fly ash (containing Ca, K, Mg and other mineral nutrients) on the growth of trees in ombrotrophic bog stands is a straightforward conclusion from the fact that the growth is strongly limited by lack of nutrients deposited into peat soil exclusively from the atmosphere.

Dramatic impact of fly ash deposition to entire bog plant community (destruction of Sphagnum cover, invasion of numerous non-typical species) in North-Eastern Estonia was mentioned already in the 1970's [1]. Rapid growth of pine trees, changing the look of the bog landscape was described as a part of such transformations [2]. Some recent studies deal with the growth acceleration in quantitative terms. Pensa et al. [3] compared both radial increment of pines in bog forest in Voorepera near Kohtla-Jarve to 6 sites elsewhere in North-Eastern Estonia and 8 reference sites in other parts of Estonia. They found that radial increment increased rapidly starting from 1960, and the average increment of 1964-1997 was about 4 times larger than during the two previous decades. It was also found that the average recent increment at 7 bog forest sites in the North-Eastern Estonia was larger than the average of reference sites by a factor of 1.5. Radial increment was found the most indicative among different characteristics: shoot length and needle age did not have statistically significant difference compared to reference sites. Ots and Reisner [4] compared the radial increments, needle mass per area and nutrients in needles at the Muraka bog (North-Eastern Estonia) and the Tolkuse bog (Western Estonia) and found radial increment the most indicative characteristic again. At the Muraka bog, since 1964, the increment had changed rapidly with the general tendency of increasing instead of smooth decrease due to ageing of trees, as observed at Tolkuse.

There are only few experimental studies on the impact of excess nutrients on the growth of Scots pines at bog. The measurements made at bogs in nearly natural conditions all over the Sweden show no correlation between the increment of trees and nutrients in the peat [5]. Most probably the impact of small variability in nutrition conditions is obscured by different local factors. Fertilising experiments at drained bog stands in Finland, however, show dramatic impact of excess influx of K, P, N and micro-nutrients (B, Cu, Mn etc.) on the growth of trees [6]. After fertilising the stands with KCl (10-40 g/[m.sup.2] of potassium), at sites with sufficient availability of nitrogen the volume growth of trees was 5-7 times larger compared to a non-fertilised reference site. The growth of trees accelerated already after even a single act of fertilisation, achieved maximum in 5-10 years and begun slowly to decelerate afterwards. At the highest load of fertilisers (40 g/[m.sup.2] of potassium) the deceleration was not remarkable even after 20 years from the moment of fertilising.

According to the estimated deposition fluxes of fly ash in the past [2] and 6.85% content of [K.sub.2]O in the ash [7], the cumulative loads of potassium during 1960-2000 in the most polluted bog sites were close to 100 g/[m.sup.2], e.g. at Korgesoo, just between the Estonian and the Baltic Power Plants (together called the Narva Power Plants). Loads exceeding 10 g/[m.sup.2] were found at large areas, up to 30 km from the Narva Power Plants and 10-15 km from Kunda, Kohtla-Jarve and Ahtme. Thus, detection of a growth acceleration of trees at extensive bog massifs in North-Eastern Estonia was expected. However, these bogs are not drained and probably the excess of water also limits the growth. Additional limitation is availability of phosphorus--less than 0.2% of [P.sub.2][O.sub.5] was found in fly ash [7].

Increased influx of nutrients, however, is not a local problem in the oil shale processing region, in some extent it occurs worldwide. The growth of industry, transportation and intense agriculture introduced growing amounts of nitrogen and mineral particles into the atmosphere until the end of the 20th century. The peak of emissions in industrially developed countries (incl. Europe) was achieved approximately by 1980. Afterwards, the environmentally oriented technologies in the Western Europe, and a general economic decline in the Eastern Europe took effect and emissions started to decrease.

Because a detailed and continuous monitoring of background air quality was established only after the problem was recognised, there is a lack of direct observations on the influxes of nutrients before the 1980's, i.e. just during the observed period of growth acceleration [3, 4]. Also, the information about pollution sources is too scarce to provide air pollution transport modelling for entire Estonia or the Northern Europe for these times. Fortunately, there exists a bulk characteristic strongly driven by atmospheric aerosol content--the integral transparency coefficient of the atmosphere, available in Estonia already from the 1930's. Altering of transparency occurs due to an increase in aerosol concentration in the atmosphere, responsible for attenuation of solar light and carrying nutrients. Most of the emitted particles, except from great volcanic eruptions, remain in the lower troposphere.

Comparing the records of atmospheric transparency in different parts of Europe, the tendencies were found similar: a short-term (24 months) dimming of the atmosphere after heavy volcanic eruptions like El Chichon (1982) and Pinatubo (1991). There was a decreasing general trend of transparency from the 1930's to the 1980's, and restoration in the following years, except two post-Pinatubo years [8].

This paper is intended to clarify the geographical extent and the temporal structure of the growth acceleration of the Scots pines at bog. In comparison with previous studies [3, 4] the study area is larger, extending outside of Estonia, a few hundred kilometres away from the oil shale mining and processing region. Besides forested bogs, a ridge-hollow complex with sparse trees is included, as it is the most deficient in nutrients and thus expected to be the part of bog most sensitive to the influence from the air. The atmospheric transparency (the Bouguer coefficient) is applied for comparison as a quantitative index of aerosol pollution in the past.

Data and methods

Radial increment

The map of research sites is presented in Fig. 1. Coordinates and sample sizes are given in Table 1. Trees were selected randomly, but aiming at representative sample for the ombrotrophic bog as a whole: ridge-hollow bog, edges of bog pools, sparse bog forest. In order to eliminate the local factors affecting the growth, each site was actually an area a few kilometres around the marked point. Height of trees varied from 1.5 to 8 meters, as a rule. In Korgesoo site, where growth conditions are comparable to mineral land due to fly ash influx, several trees were found higher than 10 m.


Drill cores were taken through the tree stem in direction East-West. Due to low height of trees, the cores were taken at height of 30-50 cm from moss surface. The cores were scanned and year rings were measured using the Windendro software. Both sides of the core were taken into account, thus the statistical sample of sizes is twice the number of trees given in Table 1. In this study only trees of age 80-200 years at drilling height (reference year 2001) are taken into account. The lower age limit was chosen so that all considered trees were growing already before the strong human impact took place and there exist sufficiently long time series before that. The share of younger trees, excluded from further analysis, was less than a half on average, but reflects growth conditions: at Korgesoo site 70% of cores were excluded due to young age, despite conscious on-site selection of older trees.

Pines older than 200 years were excluded from the main sample, because they might be too old to give any significant response to improved growth conditions. In total, 18 such trees were drilled, including two about 400 years old trees (one in Finland and one in Laeva bog, Central Estonia). Other 16 trees of this category were found 201-240 years old. This sample was applied to estimate the undisturbed growth deceleration due to ageing, as at least first 150 years these trees grew without significant airborne human impact (direct influences, such as drainage, were excluded choosing the sites). The exponential fit of growth (Fig. 2) gives yearly increment r (mm) depending on age a as

r = 0.56[e.sup.-0.0058a] (1)


Correlation coefficient between exact yearly increment and its exponential fit is 0.85. Consequently, this approximation is applicable as a guess of undisturbed growth curve of growth.

The 200-year series fit based on only two oldest trees gives almost the same curve:

r = 0.55[e.sup.-0.0061a] (2)

(correlation coefficient 0.78). Thus, the average growth deceleration is rather stable despite (possibly climate-induced) fluctuations.

To compare the growth rates of trees of different age, yearly increments of all trees from samples listed in Table 1 were divided to r, formula (1). The result, further referred to as normalised increment, is fluctuating around the value 1, if growth conditions are similar to the 19th and early 20th century.

Atmospheric transparency

The atmospheric transparency was used to assess aerosol pollution of the atmosphere in the past. Transparency is one of the primary measures indicating the state of the atmosphere. Long-term time series of transparency allow us to assess quantitatively the variability of turbidity of the air and to make climatological conclusions with respect to aerosol content of the atmosphere.

In Estonia, multi-annual time series of atmospheric transparency were derived from routine measurements of the broadband direct solar beam at three locations: Tartu, Toravere and Tiirikoja.

Before the World War II, 1932-1940, measurements of direct solar beam were started at Meteorological Observatory of the University of Tartu (Liivi Str 4, 58.38[degrees]N, 26.72[degrees]E). After the war, since 1950 the measurements were continued at the Tartu Actinometric Station, located at the outskirts of the town (58.35[degrees]N, 26.68[degrees]E). In 1965 the station was removed to its present location, Toravere (58.27[degrees]N, 26.47[degrees]E, 20 km from Tartu). Since 1999 the Toravere actinometric station (officially the Tartu-Toravere Meteorological Station) has been included into the Baseline Surface Radiation Network. The BSRN is a project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Global Energy and Water Experiment (GEWEX), and as such, is aimed to detect important changes in the radiation field at the Earth's surface which may be related to climate change.

Due to closeness of Tartu and Toravere, the same radiation sensor (Yanishevsky actinometer AT-50) and unchanged measurement methods used, the data of both stations can be combined in one time series, covering the years 1950-2006. With some reservations, the earlier measurements in Tartu (1932-1940) can be also considered as a prolongation of the length of this time series.

From the end of 1955, the measurements of broadband solar beam were started at the Tiirikoja Lake Station (58.87[degrees]N, 26.95[degrees]E) located on the western shore of Lake Peipsi, 70 km NE from Toravere and about the same distance SW from the Narva Power Plants. Summarizing, there are two multiannual time series of broadband direct solar radiation available for Estonia: a longer but interrupted series for Tartu-Toravere, 1932-1940, 1950-2006, and an entire but shorter series for Tiirikoja, 1956-2006. They both allow calculation of coefficients of atmospheric (column) transparency.

According to the well-known Bouguer-Lambert law, the ratio of the intensity of the broadband direct solar beam [S.sub.m], which reaches the Earth's surface after attenuation in the air (direct solar radiation) to that at the top of the atmosphere, [S.sub.0], serves as the basic quantity for calculation of various characteristics of atmospheric transparency and turbidity. The basic parameter, the Bouguer atmospheric integral transparency coefficient, [p.sub.m], is given by formula:

[P.sub.m] = [([S.sub.m] / [S.sub.0]).sup.1/m], (3)

where m is the relative (optical) air mass and [S.sub.0] is the actual extraterrestrial broadband solar irradiance. Its average value, the Solar constant, is 1.367 kW/[m.sup.2].

Because of the Forbes effect, caused by the selective spectral attenuation (especially scattering) of direct solar radiation in the atmosphere, [p.sub.m] depends on solar elevation angle h even in the case of stationary and azimuthally homogeneous atmosphere. In order to eliminate the Forbes effect, it is generally accepted to reduce the [p.sub.m] from the actual air mass m to [p.sub.2] which corresponds to air mass m = 2 (solar elevation h = 30[degrees]).

This transformation (elimination of diurnal trends of broadband optical characteristics) comprises a complicated problem of atmospheric optics. In this work we used an engineer formula, elaborated in the University of Tartu [9]:

[p.sub.2] = [p.sub.m] [(2/m).sup.log[p.sub.m] + 0.009/log m - 1.848], (4)

which enables transition from any optical mass m to a standard one, m = 2.

The annual average atmospheric broadband transparency coefficients, according to Formula (4), are given in Fig. 3. During the years 1980-1984 and 1991-1994 there were sharp minimums due to volcanic eruptions. As volcanic gases like S[O.sub.2] affect the atmospheric transparency at large distances and long time scale through the processes in the stratosphere, these minimums have no effect on growth conditions. Therefore, these years were excluded from the intercomparison of atmospheric transparency and yearly radial increment of trees.



The time series of average normalised yearly increment are given in Fig. 4. The same general pattern, expressed more or less clearly, is present in all four areas: (1) nearly stationary growth, approximately during 1930-1959; (2) growth acceleration, (1960-1989); (3) deceleration, (1990-2001). Thus, for further analysis, increments from all 4 areas were grouped into these three time intervals, thus producing 12 groups of data, containing from 876 to 10560 single results of measurements (normalised yearly increments) each.

According to one-sample Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, the normal distribution hypothesis is rejected for all 12 groups. One of reasons of non-normality is obvious: infinite range of data is an assumption for normal distribution, but yearly increment is limited from below: it cannot be less than zero. That condition for normality is not fulfilled even approximately, because variability of data is in the same range with mean (see standard deviations in Table 2).

Due to non-normality, the non-parametric sign test was applied to estimate the significance of differences between groups. The zero hypothesis (belonging of both groups in the same statistical ensemble) was rejected for all pairs of groups with one exception: between Finland, 1930-1959, and Lithuania, 1960-1980. In this case, the Lithuanian sample has long tail towards high values, making a clear difference in means, but leaving the sign test inefficient.

Thus, we have demonstrated that growth conditions affecting the increment were different at different areas and also, between the three time intervals, therefore the further comparison of all 12 groups is meaningful.

Mean normalised increments during the "local pre-industrial era" (1930-1959) fit within a narrow diapason of [+ or -]8% around one (incl. Lithuania), but differences increase dramatically during the next time interval, 1960-1989. The increments increased at all areas, but in North-Eastern Estonia their mean values were doubled, at the same time the growth acceleration in Finland was only 10%. At Estonian background sites and Lithuania the growth was accelerated nearly by a factor of one-and-a-half. In North-Eastern Estonia and Lithuania the deceleration after 1989 was significant, but mean increment remains well above the initial level in 1930-1959. All medians are lower than means, reflecting the asymmetric distribution due to zero-limit below.

Analysing the normalised yearly increments in separate sampling sites (Table 3), we found that despite a quite large variability, there exists a tendency of decrease with the distance from Narva Power Plants (exactly: from the Estonian Power Plant, the largest one) during 1960-1989 and 1990-2001. The retrospective overview of deposition fluxes of particulate matter, based on the atmospheric dispersion modelling (AEROPOL model), basic features see [10], recent updates [11]), is given in [12], more detail time series since 1988 in [13]. The emission data for modelling (1960-1990) were estimated by Punning et al. [14], later data originate from annual reports by the Environmental Information Centre of the Ministry of Environment of Estonia. In Table 3 there are given the average yearly deposition fluxes in 1960-89 and 1990-2001 at exact locations of increment coring sites. The fluxes in all sites before 1960 were nearly equal to zero except Ratva, where the main pollution source, the Kohtla-Jarve Power Plant, started to operate from 1950. Comparing the yearly radial increments with model-estimated deposition fluxes near the Narva Power Plants, it is evident that the increment tends to increase with deposition flux.

Yearly average normalised radial increments versus atmospheric broadband transparency coefficient are plotted in Fig. 5. Keeping in mind the time series of both quantities (Figures 3 and 4), it is obvious that high increments occur with low transparencies and vice versa. Naturally, the dependence is much clearer for Estonian sites than for the foreign (more remote) ones. Correlation between the increments in North-Eastern Estonia and transparencies at Tiirikoja (just at the edge of this area) is as good as -0.81. It is interesting that even for Estonian background sites the correlation is better with Tiirikoja than with Toravere. Selecting from Toravere the years since 1956 only (the same as available for Tiirikoja), we get a slightly better correlation (-0.51 instead of -0.47), but still much poorer than at Tiirikoja (-0.75).



Regarding the correlation coefficients of increments at separate sites (Table 4), the sites closer to the monitoring station are in general better correlated with measured transparency, but both Tiirikoja and Toravere have best correlation with Korgesoo (-0.86 and -0.60, respectively)--the site most heavily subjected to the fly ash influx. Next highest correlations occur with Keava site in central Estonia (-0.84 and -0.58). Lithuania (Eepkeliai) is the only site, which has better correlation with Toravere than with Tiirikoja (-0.43 and -0.30, respectively). All correlations, except between Lithuanian increment and transparency at Tiirikoja, are statistically significant at confidence level of 95%.


The most common reason of long-term variability of tree increment is (often periodical) variability of meteorological parameters. But hardly there exists any significant climatic factor, correlated with rapid growth acceleration since 1960 and deceleration after 1990: tendencies of warming and increase of precipitation amounts have been found rather monotonous during the second half of the 20th century [15]. Increase of C[O.sub.2] concentration in the atmosphere is expected to affect directly the plant growth. Again, this is a monotonously increasing factor that cannot explain alone the curve of radial growth having a maximum in eighties. The extent of acceleration-deceleration is much higher at sites located near known air pollution sources (North-Eastern Estonia--oil shale industry; Eepkeliai, Lithuania--higher population density, closer to Central Europe) than at more remote sites (Hyytiala-Siikaneva area, Finland). On the other hand, the radial increment is well (negatively) correlated with atmospheric transparency, which is an indicator of aerosol pollution in the atmosphere, recorded for long time enough to follow the changes in industrial emissions.

Thus, it is most natural to suppose that the main factor affecting the growth of Pinus sylvestris at bog (in time scale of decades) is the availability of nutrients from the air, although additional climatic effects are not excluded. Besides the general growth tendency with atmospheric load of nutrients, there exist quite large variances between sites located close to each other. These are most probably due to uncertainty choosing the sites for sampling: although visually similar bog landscapes were selected, many local factors (e.g. depth of peat layer, water level and intensity of natural drainage, fires and parasite damage in the past, microclimatic variations) may be not fully understood. Thus, fixing the site type (e.g. bog forest or ridge-hollow complex) more precisely would not help us to diminish the scatter of data: most probably the variability of increment within each site will decrease, but variability between the sites will increase, as sampling method will be more sensitive to the uncontrolled factors listed above.

It is interesting, why the Tartu-Toravere time series of atmospheric transparency (longer and generally believed more accurate) correlates worse with yearly increments than the series from Tiirkoja station. That phenomenon is understandable for North-Eastern Estonia, as Tiirikoja is located only at 40-80 km from these sites, Toravere at 100-150 km. However, samples from other parts of Estonia are correlated better with Tiirikoja as well. This difference cannot be fully eliminated, taking time series of equal length from both stations. Only Lithuanian (Eepkeliai) data correlate slightly better with Toravere than with Tiirikoja. Eepkeliai is 70 km closer to Toravere than to Tiirikoja. That a small difference in distance, however, cannot be the only reason of better correlation, as increments at Meenikunno and Kellamae sites, much closer to Toravere, are still better correlated with transparency at Tiirikoja. Possibly, a large part of transparency variations at Tiirikoja occurs due to fly ash particles originated from the Narva Power Plants and being relatively large, typically 5-10 mm in diameter [16] and distributed within lower 1000 m of the atmosphere. Thus, these particles are deposited mainly in Estonia, and a small part of them reaches close areas like Southern Finland [17]. Toravere is at larger distance from Narva. Thus, the variations in transparency there may be affected mostly by long-range transport of fine aerosol that is distributed in a much thicker layer of the atmosphere and thus, giving a much smaller part of total deposition of nutrients. Then, better correlation of transparency in Toravere with increments of trees in Lithuania may be due to a definite impact of Central European emissions or both quantities.

The question about specific transparency conditions of Tiirikoja, possibly making it more representative for entire Estonia (or more representative, indicating the airborne nutrients), remains open and needs further investigation.

Let us examine the impact of fly ash to the growth of pines at bogs in the oil shale processing area in detail (time series of deposition fluxes and normalised radial increments by sites, see Fig. 6). Pietilainen et al. [6] have found that after once fertilised with potassium, the radial increment of bog pine stands start to increase and reaches maximum, as a rule, after 5-10 years that could be called the response time of stand. If fertilisation is not an instantaneous act but continuous influx during decades like in the North-Eastern Estonia, the response time can be estimated from the cross-correlation function, a common method to detect statistically the delayed impacts.


For that the yearly increments are shifted by 1, 2, 3 etc. years backwards in time; then the Pearson correlation coefficient is calculated as a function of time lag. The lag of highest correlation indicates the response time. For four sites out of six the response times appear in range of 3-7 years (Fig. 7).

The far strongest impact (Korgesoo) seems instantaneous: correlation is maximal at zero lag; for second weakest impact (Ratva) it is delayed by 11-13 yeas. It is straightforward do think that impact of higher loads appears faster. Nevertheless, less than one year seems, perhaps, too short for that. In this connection, we have to keep in mind several activities before the oil shale combustion, e.g. construction works of the Baltic Power Plant that started in mid-fifties only a few kilometres away from Korgesoo site. In general, the response times seem longer for weaker impacts. Naturally, the correlations are higher for stronger impacts as a rule. All correlations presented in Fig. 7 are statistically significant.

Besides the impact time we analysed the relationship between total influx and total normalised increment during 1960-2007. Increase of total growth with influx is obvious, although not exactly for each particular site. Korgesoo, far the most affected site, the total growth (see Table 3) was not larger than in sites affected by 5-10 times smaller fluxes. Limited availability of some nutrients (phosphorus in first order) may be a reason, but probably even larger is the effect of obscuration of old trees by younger ones at Korgesoo. Dense stand of 20-40 years old pines is growing on previous open bog, sparse old trees with average age over 100 years cannot grow by the same rate in height and occurred below the younger ones.

Possible response of radial increment to the changes in climate can be studied in the same manner as to the influx--using the cross-correlations. Cross-correlations of normalised increment with time series of yearly, warm season (April-October) and cold season (November-March) average temperatures (about temperature data, see e.g. [15]) appeared much lower than correlations with fly ash influx, in range of -0.35 to +0.2. The largest negative correlations (about -0.3) were found with warm season temperatures at time lags more than 10 years. Obvious reason is some cooling tendency from 1940 to 1960 and warming since 1980. Shifting the series of increments backwards in time matches the maximum of increment with a slight minimum in temperature. The cross-correlations of radial increment series from background areas of Estonia, Lithuania and Finland with temperatures are between -0.3 and +0.1. There is no reason to think that cooling summers stimulate growth of trees with delay of 10-15 years. Most probably this is just a coincidence.


A well-known reason of damages and growth deceleration of coniferous trees in northern Europe is acid rain. In the case of studied bog stands the growth changes are in opposite phase with known development of the acidification: in sixties and seventies, when the acidity of precipitations increased, the radial increments were growing; during the control and decrease of acid pollution--eighties and nineties--the increments decreased. Thus, the positive impact of increasing nutrient influx has probably overruled the negative impact of acid precipitations in observed sites. In the oil shale mining and processing area the acidification did not occur--due to excess of fly ash the precipitations were even alkaline [10, 16].

Changes in water regime can affect the growth of pine trees. Indeed, in the sixties, just in the time when radial increments increased, intense melioration was carried out everywhere in Estonia. In the nineties the activities stopped and ditches were abandoned. Nevertheless, it is doubtful that melioration could affect seriously the growth of pines in research sites--according to the research carried out by U. Tomberg, the water penetrability of bog soil is extremely low and thus, a ditch, regardless of its depth, affects the water table only at distances up to a few tens of metres [17]. None of the sampling sites was not closer than 200 m to the closest ditch, Northern Puhatu and Agusalu sites even farther than 1 km away. On the mined areas or near open-pit mines the drying of bogs from below may occur due to depression of subsoil water. That might be quite likely in Korgesoo and Puhatu sites, but not in Agusalu, 20 km away from the nearest mine. Nevertheless, growth acceleration in Agusalu is the second largest after Korgesoo.


1. Influx of anthropogenic nutrients from the air has caused growth acceleration of Pinus sylvestris at bogs in Baltic countries and Finland during about 1960-1980. Control of long-range air pollution conditioned a slight growth deceleration since 1990.

2. The growth acceleration was most dramatic (about two-fold) in the North-Eastern Estonia, due to regional impact of mineral particles from oil shale mining, processing and energy production and smallest (about 10%) in a remote area--central part of Southern Finland.

3. Combination of tree increment drilling at bog sites and atmospheric transparency series gives valuable information about atmospheric pollution in the past--good negative correlation refers to airborne particles in the lower troposphere, containing mineral nutrients.

4. More research is needed to clarify the possible factors affecting the growth acceleration and deceleration of pines, including the changes in water regime.


This research was supported by the Estonian Science Foundation Grants No. 5002, No. 5857 and No. 7347.

Presented by J. Soone Received June 20, 2007


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M. KAASIK(a) *, T. PLOOMPUU(b), R. OTS(c), E. MEIER(d), H. OHVRIL(a), O. OKULOV(e), H. TERAL(a), L. NEIMAN(a), V. RUSSAK(f), A. KALLIS(f), P. POST(a)

(a) Institute of Physics, University of Tartu Ulikooli Str. 18, 50090 Tartu, Estonia

(b) Chair of Biology, Tallinn University Narva Road 25, 10120 Tallinn, Estonia

(c) Hugo Treffner Gymnasium Munga Str. 2, 51007 Tartu, Estonia

(d) Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu Ulikooli Str. 18, 50090 Tartu, Estonia

(e) Tiirikoja Lake Station, Estonian Meteorological and Hydrological Institute Narva Str. 108, 49604 Mustvee, Jogevamaa

(f) Tartu Observatory 61602 Toravere, Tartumaa, Estonia

* Corresponding author: e-mail
Table 1. Coordinates of research sites and numbers of cored trees

         Name of bog                   Latitude (N)     Longitude (E)

North-East Estonia
   1. Korgesoo                         59[degrees]19'   28[degrees]02'
   2. Puhatu, North                    59[degrees]13'   27[degrees]41'
   3. Puhatu, Central                  59[degrees]10'   27[degrees]40'
   4. Agusalu                          59[degrees]05'   27[degrees]33'
   5. Ratva                            59[degrees]13'   27[degrees]13'
   6. Sirtsi                           59[degrees]15'   26[degrees]47'
Other parts (background) of Estonia
   7. Endla                            58[degrees]53'   26[degrees]23'
   8. Laeva                            58[degrees]31'   26[degrees]16'
   9. Meenikunno                       57[degrees]56'   27[degrees]19'
  10. Keava                            58[degrees]56'   24[degrees]58'
  11. Kellamae                         57[degrees]39'   26[degrees]56'
  12. Orkjarve                         59[degrees]07'   24[degrees]08'
  13. Suursoo                          59[degrees]09'   23[degrees]53'
  14. Siikaneva & Lakkasuo (Finland)   61[degrees]51'   24[degrees]17'
  15. epkeliai (Lithuania)             54[degrees]01'   24[degrees]53'

         Name of bog                   Number of trees

North-East Estonia
   1. Korgesoo                                    15
   2. Puhatu, North                               64
   3. Puhatu, Central                             28
   4. Agusalu                                     24
   5. Ratva                                       23
   6. Sirtsi                                      18
Other parts (background) of Estonia
   7. Endla                                       58
   8. Laeva                                       14
   9. Meenikunno                                  32
  10. Keava                                       29
  11. Kellamae                                    22
  12. Orkjarve                                    14
  13. Suursoo                                      8
  14. Siikaneva & Lakkasuo (Finland)              56
  15. epkeliai (Lithuania)                        37

Table 2. Basic statistics of normalised yearly increments, grouped by
areas and time intervals

Area                   Years          Valid N      Mean     Median

North-East Estonia     1990-2001        3970       1.80       1.56
                       1960-1989       10045       1.98       1.70
                       1930-1959       10118       0.93       0.81

Estonia, background    1990-2001        4152       1.43       1.23
                       1960-1989       10463       1.48       1.26
                       1930-1959       10560       0.94       0.81

Finland                1990-2001        1294       1.09       0.88
                       1960-1989        3297       1.11       0.97
                       1930-1959        3300       1.00       0.88

Lithuania              1990-2001         876       1.11       0.99
                       1960-1989        2190       1.49       1.15
                       1930-1959        2190       1.05       0.82

                          Lower         Upper
Years                    quartile      quartile   Std. dev.

1990-2001                    0.97       2.33       1.15
1960-1989                    1.09       2.58       1.24
1930-1959                    0.52       1.20       0.57

1990-2001                    0.81       1.83       0.88
1960-1989                    0.82       1.90       0.93
1930-1959                    0.54       1.20       0.60

1990-2001                    0.56       1.49       0.72
1960-1989                    0.62       1.44       0.69
1930-1959                    0.57       1.30       0.60

1990-2001                    0.56       1.58       0.69
1960-1989                    0.65       1.85       1.26
1930-1959                    0.43       1.42       0.86

Table 3. Average normalised yearly increments compared to the
deposition fluxes of oil-shale fly ash

                   Estonian    Normalised increment
Name of bog        Plant, km   1990-2001    1950-1989    1930-1959

Korgesoo                 10         1.72         2.23        0.77
Puhatu, North            14         2.22         2.18        1.01
Puhatu, Central          18         1.59         1.79        0.74
Agusalu                  28         1.78         2.00        0.93
Ratva                    39         1.81         2.08        0.99
Sirtsi                   64         1.31         1.40        1.08

Endla                   105         1.55         1.57        1.00
Laeva                   126         1.54         1.86        0.99
Meenikunno              152         1.17         1.07        0.75
Keava                   172         1.60         1.73        0.96
Kellamae                189         1.16         1.44        1.03
Orkjarve                215         1.19         1.12        0.94
Suursoo                 230         1.72         1.60        0.88

Finland                 349         1.09         1.11        1.00
Lithuania               620         1.11         1.49        1.05

                   Fly ash flux,
                   g/[m.sup.3] per year

Name of bog        1990-2001   1960-1989

Korgesoo               26.1         53.2
Puhatu, North           5.4         11.5
Puhatu, Central         4.2            9
Agusalu                 2.3          6.6
Ratva                   1.4          5.9
Sirtsi                  1.1          2.8

Endla                    -            -
Laeva                    -            -
Meenikunno               -            -
Keava                    -            -
Kellamae                 -            -
Orkjarve                 -            -
Suursoo                  -            -

Finland                  -            -
Lithuania                -            -

Table 4. Correlations between time series of normalised increments and
atmospheric transparency, 1932-2001

Name of bog              Distance from, km
                       Toravere      Tiirikoja

Korgesoo                  148             80
Puhatu, North             127             57
Puhatu, Central           122             53
Agusalu                   111             43
Ratva                     115             42
Sirtsi                    111             44

Endla                      70             42
Laeva                      30             56
Meenikunno                 63            106
Keava                     115            115
Kellamae                   74            135
Orkjarve                  165            164
Suursoo                   179            179

Finland                   417            363
Lithuania                 489            561

Name of bog        Correlation with transparency
                      Toravere      Tiirikoja

Korgesoo               -0.60          -0.86
Puhatu, North          -0.47          -0.69
Puhatu, Central        -0.56          -0.80
Agusalu                -0.53          -0.73
Ratva                  -0.56          -0.80
Sirtsi                 -0.67          -0.61

Endla                  -0.52          -0.63
Laeva                  -0.62          -0.76
Meenikunno             -0.40          -0.54
Keava                  -0.58          -0.84
Kellamae               -0.57          -0.81
Orkjarve               -0.42          -0.56
Suursoo                -0.47          -0.62

Finland                -0.42          -0.56
Lithuania              -0.43          -0.30
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Author:Kaasik, M.; Ploompuu, T.; Ots, R.; Meier, E.; Ohvril, H.; Okulov, O.; Teral, H.; Neiman, L.; Russak,
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Date:Mar 1, 2008
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