Effects of land use intensity on the natural attenuation capacity of urban soils in Beijing, China

M. Wang, J.H. Faber, W. Chen, X. Li, B. Markert

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Urban soils are major sinks that provide the services of attenuating and detoxifying environmental pollutants. This significant ecosystem service of urban soil can be evaluated by the natural attenuation capacity (NAC). In this research, we develop a method to calculate the natural pollutant attenuation capacity of urban soils on the basis of 5 chemical and physical measurements. By selecting municipal parks soils for reference, we assessed the spatial and temporal changes of NAC in Beijing city soils under influences of rapid urbanization. Results indicated that NAC was increasingly impacted by land use in the order: parks
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-95
JournalEcotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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