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Volume 8, issue 4
Earth Syst. Dynam., 8, 1121–1139, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-8-1121-2017
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Earth Syst. Dynam., 8, 1121–1139, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-8-1121-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 12 Dec 2017

Research article | 12 Dec 2017

Nitrogen leaching from natural ecosystems under global change: a modelling study

Maarten C. Braakhekke et al.

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Nitrogen input in natural ecosystems usually has a positive effect on plant growth. However, too much N causes N leaching, which contributes to water pollution. Using a global model we estimated that N leaching from natural lands has increased by 73 % during the 20th century, mainly due to rising N deposition from the atmosphere caused by emissions from fossil fuels and agriculture. Climate change and increasing CO2 concentration had positive and negative effects (respectively) on N leaching.
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