Nitrogen Deposition, Critical Loads and Biodiversity

  • Mark A. Sutton
  • Kate E. Mason
  • Lucy J. Sheppard
  • Harald Sverdrup
  • Richard Haeuber
  • W. Kevin Hicks

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. W. Kevin Hicks, Richard Haeuber, Mark A. Sutton
    Pages 1-4
  3. Monitoring and Modelling Atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Frank Dentener, Robert Vet, Robin L. Dennis, Enzai Du, Umesh C. Kulshrestha, Corinne Galy-Lacaux
      Pages 7-22
    3. O. Tom Denmead, Deli Chen, Doug Rowell, Zoe Loh, Julian Hill, Stephanie Muir et al.
      Pages 23-29
    4. Anthony J. Dore, Małgorzata Werner, Jane R. Hall, Christopher J. Dore, Stephen Hallsworth, Maciej Kryza et al.
      Pages 39-47
    5. Jianlin Shen, Xuejun Liu, Andreas Fangmeier, Fusuo Zhang
      Pages 57-65
    6. Umesh C. Kulshrestha, Monika J. Kulshrestha, Jetta Satyanarayana, Loka Arun K. Reddy
      Pages 75-82
    7. Corinne Galy-Lacaux, Claire Delon, Fabien Solmon, Marcellin Adon, Véronique Yoboué, Jonas Mphepya et al.
      Pages 83-91
    8. Claire Delon, Corinne Galy-Lacaux, Marcellin Adon, Catherine Liousse, Aaron Boone, Dominique Serça et al.
      Pages 93-105
    9. P. S. P. Rao, P. D. Safai, Krishnakant Budhavant, V.K. Soni
      Pages 117-123
  4. Nitrogen Impacts on Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. J. Neil Cape
      Pages 139-146
    3. Thiago R. B. de Mello, Cássia B. R. Munhoz, Mercedes M. C. Bustamante
      Pages 147-154

About this book


This volume brings together extended reviews and papers of new scientific research on atmospheric nitrogen deposition impacts globally. While there is a wealth of evidence on the magnitude, components and effects of nitrogen disposition on floral biodiversity in Europe and North America, there is an obvious lack of information on impacts on above- and below-ground fauna, and all impacts in other parts of the world, with no clear overview of how the different strands of evidence fit together. This overall synthesis is targeted at the international conventions, but is equally readable for scientists, environmental managers, conservation agencies and policy makers. 'This timely book highlights the global nitrogen deposition problem. Major regions of the world are exceeding sustainability thresholds for adverse effects on ecosystem function and biodiversity. This highlights the importance of ongoing work, including under the Convention on Biological Diversity, in developing indicators and monitoring nitrogen deposition effects to enable appropriate measures. This book presents a milestone towards this global goal as the international community works toward meeting the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, especially Target 8: "By 2020, pollution, including from excess nutrients, has been brought to levels that are not detrimental to ecosystem function and biodiversity". Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity “This key volume highlights the global challenge to reduce atmospheric nitrogen pollution resulting from energy production, transport and agricultural activities. It takes forward the agenda recently launched in the UNEP commissioned report ‘Our Nutrient World”. Dr. Anjan Datta, UNEP.


Nitrogen critical loads and levels Nitrogen deposition and ecosystem services Nitrogen disposition monitoring and modelling Nitrogen impacts on biodiversity Policy, mitigation and international conventions

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark A. Sutton
    • 1
  • Kate E. Mason
    • 2
  • Lucy J. Sheppard
    • 3
  • Harald Sverdrup
    • 4
  • Richard Haeuber
    • 5
  • W. Kevin Hicks
    • 6
  1. 1.Edinburgh Research StationCentre for Ecology and HydrologyPenicuikUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Edinburgh Research StationPenicuikUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Edinburgh Research StationPenicuikUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.University of Lund Department of Chemical Engineering IILundSweden
  5. 5.US Environmental Protection AgencyWashingtonUSA
  6. 6.Environment DepartmentUniversity of York, HeslingtonYorkUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7938-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7939-6
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