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Future trends in emissions of N2O from rivers and estuaries

Kroeze, Carolien; Dumont, Egon; Seitzinger, Sybil. 2010 Future trends in emissions of N2O from rivers and estuaries. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, 7 (Supplement 1). 71-78. 10.1080/1943815X.2010.496789

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Abstract/Summary

Emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) from aquatic systems such as rivers and estuaries are enhanced as a result of human activities on land resulting in enhanced nitrogen availability in aquatic systems. These human activities include agricultural activities such as fertilizer use, as well as industrial activities resulting in nitrogen (N) losses to the environment. In this article, we analyze past and future trends in global emissions of N2O from rivers and estuaries. We calculate aquatic N2O emissions from trends in the export of nitrogen to coastal waters by world-wide rivers. These trends in riverine N exports are from the Global NEWS models, which are global, regionally explicit models developed in the NEWS (Nutrient Export from WaterShed) framework. The NEWS models calculate nutrient exports from land to coastal waters, taking into account different human activities on the land, as well as biological N2 fixation and different ways in which nitrogen is retained in watersheds, including the effect of dams. We present global total emissions of N2O for the years 1970, 2000, and for four scenarios for 2050, as well as regional patterns.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1080/1943815X.2010.496789
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Unallocated
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Water
CEH Sections: Boorman
ISSN: 1943-815X
Additional Keywords: N2O, trends, global emissions, coastal waters, rivers
NORA Subject Terms: Meteorology and Climatology
Ecology and Environment
Earth Sciences
Date made live: 24 Aug 2010 13:15
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/7468

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