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Preindustrial nitrous oxide emissions from the land biosphere estimated by using a global biogeochemistry model
Climate of the Past
  • Rongting Xu, Auburn University
  • Hanqin Tian, Auburn University
  • Chaoqun (Crystal) Lu, Iowa State University
  • Shufen Pan, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Jian Chen, Auburn University
  • Jia Yang, Auburn University
  • Bowen Zhang, Auburn University
Document Type
Article
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
1-1-2017
DOI
10.5194/cp-13-977-2017
Abstract

To accurately assess how increased global nitrous oxide (N2O) emission has affected the climate system requires a robust estimation of the preindustrial N2O emissions since only the difference between current and preindustrial emissions represents net drivers of anthropogenic climate change. However, large uncertainty exists in previous estimates of preindustrial N2O emissions from the land biosphere, while preindustrial N2O emissions on the finer scales, such as regional, biome, or sector scales, have not been well quantified yet. In this study, we applied a process-based Dynamic Land Ecosystem Model (DLEM) to estimate the magnitude and spatial patterns of preindustrial N2O fluxes at the biome, continental, and global level as driven by multiple environmental factors. Uncertainties associated with key parameters were also evaluated. Our study indicates that the mean of the preindustrial N2O emission was approximately 6.20TgNyr−1, with an uncertainty range of 4.76 to 8.13TgNyr−1. The estimated N2O emission varied significantly at spatial and biome levels. South America, Africa, and Southern Asia accounted for 34.12, 23.85, and 18.93%, respectively, together contributing 76.90% of global total emission. The tropics were identified as the major source of N2O released into the atmosphere, accounting for 64.66% of the total emission. Our multi-scale estimates provide a robust reference for assessing the climate forcing of anthropogenic N2O emission from the land biosphere

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This article is published as Xu, R., Tian, H., Lu, C., Pan, S., Chen, J., Yang, J., and Zhang, B.: Preindustrial nitrous oxide emissions from the land biosphere estimated by using a global biogeochemistry model, Clim. Past, 13, 977-990, DOI: 10.5194/cp-13-977-2017.

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Rongting Xu, Hanqin Tian, Chaoqun (Crystal) Lu, Shufen Pan, et al.. "Preindustrial nitrous oxide emissions from the land biosphere estimated by using a global biogeochemistry model" Climate of the Past Vol. 13 (2017) p. 977 - 990
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