Estimates of nitrous oxide emissions from soil in the UK

Skiba, U; McTaggart, I. P.; Smith, K. A.; Hargreaves, K. J.; Fowler, D.. 1996 Estimates of nitrous oxide emissions from soil in the UK. Energy Conversion and Management, 37 (6-8). 1303-1308.

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Soil N2O emissions will be the largest single source of N2O in the UK, when industrial emissions as a result of adipic and nitric acid production will stop later this year. Total annual soil N2O emissions for the UK are estimated at 16 kt N, of which agricultural soils are responsible for 19% of the total soil emissions and grazed grasslands (16 kt N2O-N y-1) are the single largest source. Deciduous and coniferous woodlands accounted for 15% and unmanaged grassland and moorlands for 16% of the total annual UK soil emission. Fertiliser N and atmospheric deposition of N are the most important variables controlling the N2O emission rate, followed by temperature and soil moisture. These three variables need to be incorporated in future more detailed estimates of regional scale soil N2O emissions.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biogeochemistry
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: _ Pre-2000 sections
ISSN: 0196-8904
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 27 Jul 2009 08:28 +0 (UTC)

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