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ArticleName Remote sensing in estimation of forest ecosystem generation at crushed stone quarries in Siberia
DOI 10.17580/em.2016.01.09
ArticleAuthor Zenkov I. V., Yuronen Yu. P., Nefedov B. N., Baradulin I. M.

Reshetnev Siberian State Aerospace University, Krasnoyarsk:

Zenkov I. V., Doctor of Engineering Sciences, Professor,

Yuronen Yu. P., Candidate of Engineering Sciences, Associate Professor


Berdsk Division of the Institute of Computational Technologies, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Berdsk:

Nefedov B. N., Candidate of Engineering Sciences, Director


Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk:

Baradulin I. M., Post-Graduate Student


In the territory of industrially advanced regions in Central Siberia, large-scale industrial and civil construction as well as building of motor roads and railways requires considerable amount of construction and road stone. The Krasnoyarsk Territory and Irkutsk Region, alone, have twenty six crushed stone quarries with an overall area of 580.1 ha at deposits of granite, limestone, porphyrite, keratophyre and marble. The monitoring using the tools and resources of remote sensing has revealed negative trends in recovery of natural vegetative ecosystems at mined-out and operating crushed stone quarries. Natural recovery processes have resulted in regeneration of young forest ecosystem over the overall area of 90.7 ha. The field researches have specified the structure of forest ecosystems and determined specific weight of species of mixed forest and taiga at the close vicinity of examined quarries. The area at all quarries is dominated by pine, birch is in the second place, and poplar and quaking asp share the third position. Larch, willow shrub formation, fir tree and cedar make 5.6 % of the population of all trees growing in the quarries. The factors influencing number of tree groups in the quarries are determined. The principal effect on the forest population is exerted by the geographical orientation of a quarry relative to cardinal points; the annular rate of forest yield is affected by the presence or absence of a fertile mixture composed of soil layers and overburden. All quarries are conventionally placed into two groups with respect to conditions of generation and growth of forest ecosystems: lateral geometry and number of spoil banks. The remote sensing has detected quarry sites where local forest ecosystems have generated. The article puts forward a package of measures aimed at enhancement of ecological efficiency of natural forest recreation in the areas of mined-out quarries.

The study has been undertaken in accordance with the Fundamental Research Program for the State Academies of Sciences for 2013–2020 and the research plan of the Special Design and Technology Bureau Nauka at the Institute of Computational Technologies of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences for 2013–2017 under the project “Information Support Models and Technologies for Assessment, Prediction and Control over Ecological Systems, Territories and Natural and Industrial Safety.”

keywords Remote sensing, crushed stone quarries, mining landscapes, forest ecosystems, natural forest recovery, quarry revegetation

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