Articles | Volume 12, issue 13
Research article
09 Jul 2015
Research article |  | 09 Jul 2015

Chemical footprints of anthropogenic nitrogen deposition on recent soil C : N ratios in Europe

C. Mulder, J.-P. Hettelingh, L. Montanarella, M. R. Pasimeni, M. Posch, W. Voigt, and G. Zurlini


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (15 Jun 2015) by Albrecht Neftel
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (17 Jun 2015) by Albrecht Neftel
AR by Christian Mulder on behalf of the Authors (19 Jun 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (22 Jun 2015) by Albrecht Neftel
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (22 Jun 2015)
ED: Publish as is (25 Jun 2015) by Albrecht Neftel
Short summary
Spatial clustering of anthropogenic nitrogen deposition reveals that European C:N ratio varies more across soils of natural ecosystems with low pollution. It turns out surprisingly that such soils are the most affected by nitrogen accumulation and therefore most responsive to short-term N supply. While an inverse correlation between atmospheric nitrogen and soil C:N seems intuitive, we provide novel insights into the real magnitude and spatial distribution of this relationship since 1880.
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