A nitrogen budget for Scotland

Carnell, E.J.; Thomas, I.N.; Tomlinson, S.J.; Bell, V.A.; May, L.; Skiba, U.; Dore, A.J.; Eory, V.; Dragosits, U.. 2019 A nitrogen budget for Scotland. Edinburgh, NERC/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, 15pp. (Unpublished)

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UKCEH report to SEPA. The aim of this study was to quantify key nitrogen flows for Scotland, bringing together the most recent available data for soils, water, air and human consumption/production (with an emphasis on agriculture, nutrition and waste). Losses of N to water (132 kt N yr-1), air (80 kt N yr-1) and terrestrial systems (90 kt N through atmospheric deposition) estimated here are substantial, and these are mainly due to agricultural activities and, to a smaller extent, waste recycling/processing. Improved nutrient use efficiency is critical for delivering both environmental and economic benefits. However, further work is required to complete currently unquantified and uncertain flows and provide more detail on key activities, to enable the development of policy options, in conjunction with SEPA’s Sector Plans.

Item Type: Publication - Report
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Atmospheric Chemistry and Effects (Science Area 2017-)
Hydro-climate Risks (Science Area 2017-)
Pollution (Science Area 2017-)
Water Resources (Science Area 2017-)
Funders/Sponsors: SEPA
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Freely available via Official URL link.
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 09 Mar 2021 10:49 +0 (UTC)

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