Global Nutrient Yields

2020-03-03T00:51:27Z (GMT) by Richard McDowell
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Abstract from paper

Human activities have increased the input of nitrogen and phosphorus into riverine systems. These inputs can increase algal growth that degrades aquatic ecosystems. We constructed a global database of loads (kg) and yields (kg ha-1 yr-1) of dissolved and total nitrogen and phosphorus forms for seven years (centred around 2008) in 1421 catchments. Yields were calculated from 640,950 measurements that were checked, filtered and harmonized from readily available sources. We used the yield data to create a georeferenced model to calculate yields of nitrogen and phosphorus forms across 6020 catchments, globally. The database can be used to assess and inform policy to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus losses from land to freshwater, improve nutrient use efficiency on farms, and help calibrate global models being used to explore scenarios such as nutrient management efficiency in a changing climate.