TRENDS IN GROUNDWATER LEVEL CHANGES IN SMALL FOREST CATCHMENTS OF WIELKOPOLSKA
Rafał Stasik 1  
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Mariusz Korytowski 1  
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Institute of Land Reclamation, Environmental Development and Geodesy, Poznań University of Life Science, Piątkowska 94E St., 60-649 Poznań, Poland
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Rafał Stasik   

Institute of Land Reclamation, Environmental Development and Geodesy, ul. Piątkowska 94E, 60-649 Poznań, Poznań University of Life Science, ul. Piątkowska 94, 60-649 Poznań, Poland
Publish date: 2016-09-20
 
J. Ecol. Eng. 2016; 17(4):99–106
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Trends in groundwater level changes in small forest catchments located in Wielkopolska region were analysed on the basis on data collected for many years of groundwater levels observations. The observations were carried out from 2000 to 2010 hydrological year in Marianka Siemiańska and Laski forest district as well as in Puszcza Zielonka. The groundwater levels were measured in soil profiles located in different forest habitats: fresh, moist and swamp forest. Changes in groundwater level determined using the Mann-Kendall test were found to differ significantly between the catchment studied. Statistically insignificant decrease in groundwater levels was observed at all forest sites in the catchment area in Marianka Siemiańska forest district. In the catchment area of the Hutka watercourse the groundwater level showed a statistically significant decreasing tendency in Puszcza Zielonka in swamp and fresh mixed coniferous forest. It may indicate a decrease in water resources and implies the need of groundwater level monitoring. A statistically insignificant increase in groundwater level was observed in the wells in moist mixed broadleaved forest in the area of pond catchment in Laski forest district, this trend was interpreted as a result of the clearcutting made in this area.