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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B52/S20.010

ASSESSMENT OF THE FOREST SHELTERBELTS EFFECT ON LOCAL DYNAMICS OF SNOW LAYER, SOIL MOISTURE AND AGRICULTURAL CROP YIELDS AS A SECOND PROTECTIVE FUNCTION

M. M. Vasilescu, C. C. Teresneu, I. Vorovencii
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-18-6 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 5, Vol. 2, 69-76 pp

ABSTRACT
In the south of Romania many forest shelterbelts were established at the middle of last century to protect agricultural crops, railways and roads. Unfortunately, during time,
almost all of them were cut down. Few shelterbelts were identified in the Teleorman
County (south of Romania) and studied in order to outline that they are protecting roads and railways as main function and they have also a secondary role - protection of agricultural crops. Soil moisture, snow level and the yield of crops were measured on the area protected by shelterbelts. The influence of forest shelterbelts on soil humidity was correlated with the growth of agricultural crops. Positive effects of shelterbelts which protect the roads and railways were emphasized in case of wheat and sunflower crops.

Keywords: forest shelterbelts, protected area, agricultural crops, roads, railways