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Organic nitrogen in precipitation across Europe

Cape, J.N.; Tang, Y.S.; Gonzalez-Benıtez, J.M.; Mitosinkova, M.; Makkonen, U.; Jocher, M.; Stolk, A.. 2012 Organic nitrogen in precipitation across Europe. Biogeosciences, 9 (11). 4401-4409. 10.5194/bg-9-4401-2012

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Abstract/Summary

Measurements of total nitrogen and inorganic nitrogen in precipitation samples from NitroEurope sites across Europe permit the calculation of organic nitrogen concentrations and wet deposition, by difference. The contribution of organic N to total N in precipitation ranged from only a few % to around 40% across 18 sites from northern Finland to Italy, similar to results from previous individual studies. This paper presents the absolute and relative contributions of organic N to wet N deposition across Europe, and examines seasonal trends. There were only weak correlations with other solutes in precipitation. These simple statistics indicate that sources of organic N in precipitation vary across Europe, and that no single source is responsible. The organic N contributes to total N deposition, yet this input is rarely quantified in nitrogen budgets.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.5194/bg-9-4401-2012
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 1 - Monitoring and Interpretation of Biogeochemical and Climate Changes > BGC - 1.1 - Monitor concentrations, fluxes, physico-chemical forms of current and emerging pollutants ...
CEH Sections: Billett (to 30 Nov 2013)
ISSN: 1726-4170
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 14 Nov 2012 16:59
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/20374

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