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From research to policy: optimizing the design of a national monitoring system to mitigate soil nitrous oxide emissions

Ogle, S. M.; Butterbach-Bahl, K. 1; Cardenas, L.; Skiba, U.; Scheer, C. ORCID iD icon 1
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Nitrous oxide (N$_{2}$O) emissions from agricultural soils are a key source of greenhouse gas emissions in most countries. In order for governments to effectively reduce N$_{2}$O emissions, a national inventory system is needed for monitoring, reporting and verifying emissions that provides unbiased estimates with the highest precision feasible. Inventory frameworks could be advanced by incorporating experimental research networks targeting key gaps in process understanding and drivers of emissions, with a multi-stage survey to collect data on agricultural management and N$_{2}$O fluxes that allow for development, parameterization and application of models to estimate national-scale emissions. Verification can be accomplished with independent estimation of fluxes from atmospheric N$_{2}$O concentration data. A robust monitoring system would provide accurate emission estimates, and allow policymakers to develop programs to more sustainably manage reactive N and target mitigation measures for reducing N$_{2}$O emissions from agricultural soils.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000123278
Veröffentlicht am 26.03.2021
DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2020.06.003
Zitationen: 22
Zitationen: 23
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1877-3435, 1877-3443
KITopen-ID: 1000123278
HGF-Programm 12.02.01 (POF III, LK 01) Effects of land use and climate change
Erschienen in Current opinion in environmental sustainability
Verlag Elsevier
Band 47
Seiten 28-36
Nachgewiesen in Dimensions
Web of Science
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