Title: Comparison of land nitrogen budgets for European agriculture by various modeling approaches
Authors: DE VRIES W.LEIP AdrianREINDS Gert JanKROS HansLESSCHEN Jan PeterBOUWMAN L.
Citation: ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION vol. 159 no. 11 p. 3254-3268
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC67334
ISSN: 0269-7491
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0269749111001941
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC67334
DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2011.03.038
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: A comparison of nitrogen (N) budgets for the year 2000 of agro-ecosystems is made for the EU 27 countries by four models with different complexity and data requirements, i.e. INTEGRATOR, IDEAg, MITERRA and IMAGE. The models estimate a comparable total N input in European agriculture, i.e. 23.3-25.7 Mton N yr(-1), but N uptake varies more, i.e. from 11.3 to 15.4 Mton N yr(-1) leading to total N surpluses varying from 10.4 to 13.2 Mton N yr(-1). The estimated overall variation at EU 27 is small for the emissions of ammonia (2.8-3.1 Mton N yr(-1)) and nitrous oxide (0.33-0.43 Mton N yr(-1)), but large for the sum of N leaching and runoff (2.7-6.3 Mton N yr(-1)). Unlike the overall EU estimates, the difference in N output fluxes between models is large at regional scale. This is mainly determined by N inputs, differences being highest in areas with high livestock density.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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