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Nitrous oxide emission factors for cattle dung and urine deposited onto tropical pastures: A review of field-based studies

Zhu, Yuhao 1,2; Butterbach-Bahl, Klaus 1,2; Merbold, Lutz; Leitner, Sonja; Pelster, David E.
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
2 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Livestock excreta on pastures is an important source of nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions, however studies measuring these emissions in tropical regions, particularly Africa, remain limited. Therefore we measured N2O emissions from different quantities of dung patches during three observation periods (dry, wet and transition from dry to wet season) and different volumes of urine patches during wet and dry seasons. Dung patches did not stimulate soil N2O emissions in any of the three observation periods, while urine application stimulated soil N2O emissions during both seasons, with higher emissions observed during the wet season. The dung EFs (0.00–0.03%) and the urine EFs (0.04–0.40%) showed no detectable effects of dung quantity or urine volume. We further synthesized observations from other studies in wet and dry tropical regions, which indicated that the excreta N2O EFs were similar to the default values provided in the IPCC 2019 refinement (0.11% vs 0.07% for dung and 0.41% vs 0.32% for urine in dry climates, and 0.13% vs 0.13% for dung and 0.65% vs 0.77% for urine in wet climates). However, sub-Saharan African (SSA) studies had consistently lower EFs, possibly due to the lower urine-N: dung-N ratio in SSA compared with the other tropical regions, suggesting that the refinement may still overestimate excreta emissions in SSA. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000137573
Veröffentlicht am 24.09.2021
DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2021.107637
Zitationen: 2
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 12.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0167-8809, 1873-2305
KITopen-ID: 1000137573
HGF-Programm 12.11.22 (POF IV, LK 01) Managed ecosystems as sources and sinks of GHGs
Erschienen in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
Verlag Elsevier
Band 322
Seiten Art.-Nr.: 107637
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 02.09.2021
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