Effects of Boreal Timber Rafting on the Composition of Arctic Driftwood

Тип публикации: статья из журнала

Год издания: 2016

Идентификатор DOI: 10.3390/f7110257

Ключевые слова: Arctic driftwood, boreal rivers, timber logging, industrial floating, Siberia, Forestry, Rivers, Sea ice, Wood, Timber, Larix sp., Picea, Pinus sylvestris

Аннотация: Wood from the boreal forest represents an important resource for paper production and sawmill processing. Due to poor infrastructure and high transportation costs on land, timbers are often transported over long distances along large river systems. Industrial river rafting activities started at the end of the 19th century and were intensified in western Russia and central Siberia from the 1920s to the 1980s. After initial single stem rafting, timber is today mostly floated in ship-guided rafts. Lost wood can be transported further to the Arctic Ocean, where it may drift within sea ice over several years and thousands of kilometers before being deposited along (sub-)Arctic coastlines. Here, we introduce dendro-dated tree-ring width series of 383 driftwood samples from logged timber that were collected along different driftwood-recipient coastlines in Greenland, Iceland and Svalbard. The majority of driftwood is Pinus sylvestris from the southern Yenisei region in central Siberia, whereas Larix sp. and Picea sp. from western Russia and eastern Siberia are rare. Although our results are based on a small sample collection, they clearly show the importance of timber rafting on species, age and origin of Arctic driftwood and indicate the immense loss of material during wood industrial river floating.

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Выпуск журнала: Vol. 7, Is. 11

ISSN журнала: 19994907

Место издания: BASEL

Издатель: MDPI AG


  • Hellmann Lena (WSL, Swiss Fed Res Inst, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland; Oeschger Ctr Climate Change Res, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland)
  • Kirdyanov Alexander V. (VN Sukachev Inst Forest SB RAS, Krasnoyarsk 660036, Russia; Siberian Fed Univ, Inst Ecol & Geog, Krasnoyarsk 660130, Russia)
  • Buntgen Ulf (WSL, Swiss Fed Res Inst, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland; Oeschger Ctr Climate Change Res, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland; Global Change Res Ctr AS CR, Brno 60300, Czech Republic)

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