Title: The European Carbon Balance. Part 4: Integration of Carbon and Other Trace-Gas Fluxes
Authors: SCHULZE E.d.CIAIS P.LUYSSAERT S.SCHRUMPF M.JANSSENS I. A.THIRUCHITTAMPALAM B.THELOKE JochenSAURAT M.BRINGEZU S.LELIEVELD J.LOHILA A.REBMANN C.JUNG M.BASTVIKEN D.ABRIL G.GRASSI GiacomoLEIP AdrianFREIBAUER A.KUTSCH W.DON ANIESCHULZE J.BORNER A.GASH J. H.DOLMAN A. J.
Citation: GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY vol. 16 no. 5 p. 1451-1469
Publisher: BLACKWELL PUBLISHING
Publication Year: 2010
JRC Publication N°: JRC57678
ISSN: 1354-1013
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC57678
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02215.x
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Overviewing the European carbon, greenhouse gas, GHG, and non-GHG fluxes, gross primary productivity, GPP, is about 9.3 Pg yr-1, and fossil fuel imports are 1.6 Pg yr-1. GPP is about 1.25% of solar radiation, containing about 360 1018 J energy ¿ five times the energy content of annual fossil fuel use. Net primary production, NPP, is 50%, terrestrial net biome productivity, NBP, 3%, and the net greenhouse gas balance, NGB, 0.3% of GPP. Human harvest uses 20% of NPP or 10% of GPP, or alternatively 1¿ of solar radiation after accounting for the inherent cost of agriculture and forestry, for production of pesticides and fertilizer, the return of organic fertilizer, and for the carbon equivalent cost of GHG emissions. Carbon equivalents are defined on a global warming potential with a 100 year time horizon. The equivalent of about 2.4% of the mineral fertilizer input is emitted as N2O. Agricultural emissions to the atmosphere are about 40% of total methane, 60% of total NO-N, 70% of total N2O-N, and 95% of total NH3-N emissions of Europe. European soils are a net carbon sink (114 Tg yr-1), but considering the emissions of GHGs, soils are a source of about 26 Tg CO2 C-equivalent yr- 1. Forest, grassland and sediment carbon sinks are offset by GHG emissions from croplands, peatlands and inland waters. Non-GHGs (NH3, NOx) interact significantly with the GHG and the carbon cycle through ammonium nitrate aerosols and dry deposition. Wet deposition of nitrogen supports about 50% of forest timber growth. Land use change is regionally important, comprising large unidirectional fluxes amounting to about 50 Tg C yr-1. Nevertheless, for the European trace-gas balance, land-use intensity is more important than land-use change. This study shows that emissions of GHGs and non-GHGs significantly distort the carbon cycle and eliminate apparent carbon sinks.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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