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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531796/spatially-explicit-modeling-of-multi-scale-drivers-of-aboveground-forest-biomass-and-water-yield-in-watersheds-of-the-southeastern-united-states
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Mukhtar Ahmed Ajaz Ahmed, Amr Abd-Elrahman, Francisco J Escobedo, Wendell P Cropper, Timothy A Martin, Nilesh Timilsina
Understanding ecosystem processes and the influence of regional scale drivers can provide useful information for managing forest ecosystems. Examining more local scale drivers of forest biomass and water yield can also provide insights for identifying and better understanding the effects of climate change and management on forests. We used diverse multi-scale datasets, functional models and Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR) to model ecosystem processes at the watershed scale and to interpret the influence of ecological drivers across the Southeastern United States (SE US)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525937/spatial-variability-of-soil-organic-carbon-in-three-gorges-reservoir-area-china
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Mingjun Teng, Lixiong Zeng, Wenfa Xiao, Zhiling Huang, Zhixiang Zhou, Zhaogui Yan, Pengcheng Wang
Soil organic carbon (SOC) is an important component of the global carbon pool. It is a critical indicator of soil quality. We studied SOC content (SOCC) and SOC density (SOCD) of the Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR) area in China. Soil samples from 306 sites across the study area were assessed for SOCC, SOCD and bulk density. Total SOC stocks in the TGR area were estimated at 5.82×10(-1)Pg. We examined relationships between SOCC and SOCD, and the environmental and land-use/land-cover (LULC) variables. The plow layer (0-0...
May 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525610/searching-for-clues-for-eighteen-years-deciphering-the-ecological-determinants-of-cryptococcus-gattii-on-vancouver-island-british-columbia
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Emily Sohanna Acheson, Eleni Galanis, Karen Bartlett, Sunny Mak, Brian Klinkenberg
Cryptococcus gattii emerged on Vancouver Island in 1999 for unknown reasons, causing human and animal fatalities and illness. The apparent emergence of this fungus in another temperate area, this time in the Pacific Northwest, suggests the fungus may have expanded its ecological niche. Yet studies that directly examine the potential roles of climatic and land use changes on C. gattii are still lacking. We aim to summarize the existing global literature on the ecology of C. gattii, with particular focus on the gap in knowledge surrounding the potential effects of climatic and land use changes...
May 19, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525299/early-diverging-fungi-diversity-and-impact-at-the-dawn-of-terrestrial-life
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Mary L Berbee, Timothy Y James, Christine Strullu-Derrien
As decomposers or plant pathogens, fungi deploy invasive growth and powerful carbohydrate active enzymes to reduce multicellular plant tissues to humus and simple sugars. Fungi are perhaps also the most important mutualistic symbionts in modern ecosystems, transporting poorly soluble mineral nutrients to plants and thus enhancing the growth of vegetation. However, at their origin over a billion years ago, fungus-like plants and animals were unicellular marine microbes. Like the other multicellular kingdoms, Fungi evolved increased size, complexity, and metabolic functioning...
May 19, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515660/environmental-factors-associated-with-the-distribution-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-endemic-areas-of-bangladesh-modeling-the-ecological-niche
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Abu Yousuf Md Abdullah, Ashraf Dewan, Md Rakibul Islam Shogib, Md Masudur Rahman, Md Faruk Hossain
BACKGROUND: Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a parasitic infection (also called kala-azar in South Asia) caused by Leishmania donovani that is a considerable threat to public health in the Indian subcontinent, including densely populated Bangladesh. The disease seriously affects the poorest subset of the population in the subcontinent. Despite the fact that the incidence of VL results in significant morbidity and mortality, its environmental determinants are relatively poorly understood, especially in Bangladesh...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513552/a-two-echelon-cooperated-routing-problem-for-a-ground-vehicle-and-its-carried-unmanned-aerial-vehicle
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Zhihao Luo, Zhong Liu, Jianmai Shi
In this paper, a two-echelon cooperated routing problem for the ground vehicle (GV) and its carried unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is investigated, where the GV travels on the road network and its UAV travels in areas beyond the road to visit a number of targets unreached by the GV. In contrast to the classical two-echelon routing problem, the UAV has to launch and land on the GV frequently to change or charge its battery while the GV is moving on the road network. A new 0-1 integer programming model is developed to formulate the problem, where the constraints on the spatial and temporal cooperation of GV and UAV routes are included...
May 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512225/high-arctic-holocene-temperature-record-from-the-agassiz-ice-cap-and-greenland-ice-sheet-evolution
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Benoit S Lecavalier, David A Fisher, Glenn A Milne, Bo M Vinther, Lev Tarasov, Philippe Huybrechts, Denis Lacelle, Brittany Main, James Zheng, Jocelyne Bourgeois, Arthur S Dyke
We present a revised and extended high Arctic air temperature reconstruction from a single proxy that spans the past ∼12,000 y (up to 2009 CE). Our reconstruction from the Agassiz ice cap (Ellesmere Island, Canada) indicates an earlier and warmer Holocene thermal maximum with early Holocene temperatures that are 4-5 °C warmer compared with a previous reconstruction, and regularly exceed contemporary values for a period of ∼3,000 y. Our results show that air temperatures in this region are now at their warmest in the past 6,800-7,800 y, and that the recent rate of temperature change is unprecedented over the entire Holocene...
May 16, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511362/towards-complete-and-harmonized-assessment-of-soil-carbon-stocks-and-balance-in-forests-the-ability-of-the-yasso07-model-across-a-wide-gradient-of-climatic-and-forest-conditions-in-europe
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Laura Hernández, Robert Jandl, Viorel N B Blujdea, Aleksi Lehtonen, Kaie Kriiska, Iciar Alberdi, Veiko Adermann, Isabel Cañellas, Gheorghe Marin, Daniel Moreno-Fernández, Ivika Ostonen, Mats Varik, Markus Didion
Accurate carbon-balance accounting in forest soils is necessary for the development of climate change policy. However, changes in soil organic carbon (SOC) occur slowly and these changes may not be captured through repeated soil inventories. Simulation models may be used as alternatives to SOC measurement. The Yasso07 model presents a suitable alternative because most of the data required for the application are readily available in countries with common forest surveys. In this study, we test the suitability of Yasso07 for simulating SOC stocks and stock changes in a variety of European forests affected by different climatic, land use and forest management conditions and we address country-specific cases with differing resources and data availability...
May 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510489/urban-heat-island-uhi-influence-on-secondary-pollutant-formation-at-a-tropical-humid-environment
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Gsnvksn Swamy, S M Shiva Nagendra, Uwe Shlink
The combined action of urbanization (change in land use) and increase in vehicular emissions intensify the urban heat island (UHI) effect in many cities in the developed countries. The urban warming (UHI) enhances heat stress related diseases and ozone (O3) levels due to a photochemical reaction. Even though UHI intensity depends on wind speed, wind direction and solar flux, the thermodynamic properties of surface materials can accelerate the temperature profiles at the local scale. This mechanism modifies the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) structure and mixing height in urban regions...
May 16, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510426/multivariate-analyses-of-phytoplankton-pigment-fluorescence-from-a-freshwater-river-network
#10
Ruchi Bhattacharya, Christopher L Osburn
Monitoring phytoplankton classes in river networks is critical to understand phytoplankton dynamics, and to predict the ecosystem response to changing land-use and seasons. Applicability of phytoplankton fluorescence as a quick and effective ecological monitoring approach is relatively unexplored in freshwater ecosystems. We used multivariate analyses of fluorescence from pigment extracted in 90 % acetone to assess the variability in phytoplankton classes, herbivory and organic matter quality in a freshwater river network...
May 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508700/the-chronicity-of-depressive-symptoms-in-mothers-of-children-with-asthma
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Joan Kub, Melissa H Bellin, Arlene Butz, Mary Elizabeth Bollinger, Cassia Lewis-Land, Philip Osteen
Depression can disproportionately affect low-income women. The purpose of this study was to explore the chronicity of depressive symptoms in a sample of 276 low-income inner-city mothers of children with high-risk asthma. The aims were to identify factors (asthma health status, stress, social support) associated with change in depressive symptomatology over 12 months as well as to ascertain what factors are most consistently associated with depressive symptoms. Using latent growth curve analysis, demographic variables, asthma severity, stress, and social support failed to explain changes in depressive symptomatology...
May 1, 2017: Western Journal of Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507817/which-psychological-social-and-physical-environmental-characteristics-predict-changes-in-physical-activity-and-sedentary-behaviors-during-early-retirement-a-longitudinal-study
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Delfien Van Dyck, Greet Cardon, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij
BACKGROUND: In the context of healthy ageing, it is necessary to identify opportunities to implement health interventions in order to develop an active lifestyle with sufficient physical activity and limited sedentary time in middle-aged and older adults. The transition to retirement is such an opportunity, as individuals tend to establish new routines at the start of retirement. Before health interventions can be developed, the psychological, social and physical environmental determinants of physical activity and sedentary behaviors during early retirement should be identified, ideally with longitudinal studies...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501633/atmospheric-mercury-deposition-to-forests-in-the-eastern-usa
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Martin R Risch, John F DeWild, David A Gay, Leiming Zhang, Elizabeth W Boyer, David P Krabbenhoft
Atmospheric mercury (Hg) deposition to forests is important because half of the land cover in the eastern USA is forest. Mercury was measured in autumn litterfall and weekly precipitation samples at a total of 27 National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) monitoring sites in deciduous and mixed deciduous-coniferous forests in 16 states in the eastern USA during 2007-2014. These simultaneous, uniform, repeated, annual measurements of forest Hg include the broadest area and longest time frame to date. The autumn litterfall-Hg concentrations and litterfall mass at the study sites each year were combined with annual precipitation-Hg data...
May 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501016/role-of-climate-anomalies-on-decadal-variation-in-the-occurrence-of-wintertime-haze-in-the-yangtze-river-delta-china
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Jianming Xu, Luyu Chang, Fengxia Yan, JinHai He
The wintertime haze day (HD) in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) region of China shows a significant upward trend during the past decades due to the rapid industrialization and urbanization. Besides the enhanced anthropogenic emission, climate change also plays the important role in the long term HD variations. In this study, the significant decadal variation of wintertime HD during the period 1960-2012 in YRD is examined by the empirical orthogonal function (EOF) analysis, featured as less HD occurrence before 1980 and more occurrence after 2000...
May 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501010/detecting-and-predicting-the-impact-of-land-use-changes-on-groundwater-quality-a-case-study-in-northern-kelantan-malaysia
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Tahoora Sheikhy Narany, Ahmad Zaharin Aris, Anuar Sefie, Saskia Keesstra
The conversions of forests and grass land to urban and farmland has exerted significant changes on terrestrial ecosystems. However, quantifying how these changes can affect the quality of water resources is still a challenge for hydrologists. Nitrate concentrations can be applied as an indicator to trace the link between land use changes and groundwater quality due to their solubility and easy transport from their source to the groundwater. In this study, 25year records (from 1989 to 2014) of nitrate concentrations are applied to show the impact of land use changes on the quality of groundwater in Northern Kelantan, Malaysia, where large scale deforestation in recent decades has occurred...
May 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500795/the-future-distribution-of-river-fish-the-complex-interplay-of-climate-and-land-use-changes-species-dispersal-and-movement-barriers
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Johannes Radinger, Franz Essl, Franz Hölker, Pavel Horký, Ondřej Slavík, Christian Wolter
The future distribution of river fishes will be jointly affected by climate and land use changes forcing species to move in space. However, little is known if fish species will be able to keep pace with predicted climate and land use-driven habitat shifts, in particular in fragmented river networks. In this study, we coupled species distribution models (step-wise boosted regression trees) of 17 fish species with species-specific models of their dispersal (fish dispersal model FIDIMO) in the European River Elbe catchment...
May 13, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500334/using-change-trajectories-to-study-the-impacts-of-multi-annual-habitat-loss-on-fledgling-production-in-an-old-forest-specialist-bird
#17
Eric Le Tortorec, Niina Käyhkö, Harri Hakkarainen, Petri Suorsa, Esa Huhta, Samuli Helle
The loss and subdivision of habitat into smaller and more spatially isolated units due to human actions has been shown to adversely affect species worldwide. We examined how changes in old forest cover during eight years were associated with the cumulative number of fledged offspring at the end of study period in Eurasian treecreepers (Certhia familiaris) in Central Finland. We were specifically interested in whether the initial level of old forest cover moderated this relation. We applied a flexible and powerful approach, latent growth curve modelling in a structural equation modeling (SEM) framework, to create trajectories describing changes in old forest cover through time, and studied how this change at both the territory core and landscape scales impacted fledging numbers...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500020/efficacy-of-a-web-based-guided-recommendation-service-for-a-curated-list-of-readily-available-mental-health-and-well-being-mobile-apps-for-young-people-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
Niranjan Bidargaddi, Peter Musiat, Megan Winsall, Gillian Vogl, Victoria Blake, Stephen Quinn, Simone Orlowski, Gaston Antezana, Geoffrey Schrader
BACKGROUND: Mental disorders are highly prevalent for the people who are aged between 16 and 25 years and can permanently disrupt the development of these individuals. Easily available mobile health (mHealth) apps for mobile phones have great potential for the prevention and early intervention of mental disorders in young adults, but interventions are required that can help individuals to both identify high-quality mobile apps and use them to change health and lifestyle behavior. OBJECTIVES: The study aimed to assess the efficacy of a Web-based self-guided app recommendation service ("The Toolbox") in improving the well-being of young Australians aged between 16 and 25 years...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499771/the-key-role-of-the-meat-industry-in-transformation-to-a-low-carbon-climate-resilient-sustainable-economy
#19
Frank Rijsberman
Climate change, air pollution and refugees have become key global challenges threatening sustainability of lifestyles, economies and ecosystems. Agri-food systems are the number one driver of environmental change. Livestock production is the world's largest land user, responsible for half of greenhouse gas emissions from agri-food systems, and the source of repeated health crises. Poor diets have become the number one cause of ill health. Recommendations for a healthy diet emphasize plant-based food. Rapidly falling costs in information technology, biotechnology, renewable energy and battery technology will disrupt current energy and transportation systems and offer opportunities for responsible meat production...
April 26, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482303/environmental-and-economic-risks-assessment-under-climate-changes-for-three-land-uses-scenarios-analysis-across-teshio-watershed-northernmost-of-japan
#20
Min Fan, Hideaki Shibata, Li Chen
Land use and climate changes affect on the economy and environment with different patterns and magnitudes in the watershed. This study used risk analysis model stochastic efficiency with respect to a function (SERF) to evaluate economic and environmental risks caused by four climate change scenarios (baseline, small-, mid- and large changes) and three land uses (paddy dominated, paddy-farmland mixture and farmland dominated for agriculture) in Teshio watershed in northern Hokkaido, Japan. Under the baseline climate conditions, the lower ranking of economic income of crop yield and higher ranking of pollutant load from agricultural land were both predicted in paddy dominated for agriculture, suggesting that the paddy dominated system caused higher risks of economic and environmental variables compared to other two land uses...
May 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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