Environmental Earth Sciences

, 78:119 | Cite as

Phosphorus limits and “planetary boundaries” approach applied to a case study in a tropical area

  • Luisa Lima Leal
  • Ana Paula Dias TurettaEmail author
  • Michelle Cristina Sampaio
  • Bruno Francisco Teixeira Simões
  • Felipe Rafael Ribeiro Melo
  • Guilherme Kangussu Donagemma
Original Article


The Atlantic Forest is a biome in the SE region of Brazil and is under pressure in terms of biological conservation, which can be considered as a global safeguarding priority. Some areas of this biome present limitations of agricultural use, such as low soil fertility and high susceptibility to erosion. There is risk of eutrophication from runoff, especially in areas with rugged relief and soils with intense phosphate fertilization. The “Planetary Boundaries” approach proposes a safe and fair operating buffer for humanity to continue to develop without an adverse impact on planetary systems. We evaluated the P-level distribution according to soil and land use classes in a watershed under agricultural use in the Atlantic Forest biome in the State of Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. We also used the Planetary Boundaries approach to check the P sustainability thresholds, which showed to be sensitive to land use and cover classes.


Soil class Land use Atlantic Forest Ecosystem services 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luisa Lima Leal
    • 1
  • Ana Paula Dias Turetta
    • 2
    Email author
  • Michelle Cristina Sampaio
    • 3
  • Bruno Francisco Teixeira Simões
    • 4
  • Felipe Rafael Ribeiro Melo
    • 4
  • Guilherme Kangussu Donagemma
    • 2
  1. 1.Urban and Environmental EngineeringPontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro-PUC RioRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation-EMBRAPA SoilsRio de JaneiroBrazil
  3. 3.Institute of Biosciences (IBIO)Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State-UNIRioRio de JaneiroBrazil
  4. 4.Department of Mathematics and Statistics Center of Exact Sciences and Technology (CCET)Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State-UNIRioRio de JaneiroBrazil

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