Articles | Volume 14, issue 8
Biogeosciences, 14, 2069–2088, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-2069-2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 2069–2088, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-2069-2017

Research article 24 Apr 2017

Research article | 24 Apr 2017

The nitrogen, carbon and greenhouse gas budget of a grazed, cut and fertilised temperate grassland

Stephanie K. Jones et al.

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Carbon and nitrogen flux, meteorological, management and soil data from a grazed, cut and fertilised temperate grassland in south east Scotland, NERC Environmental Information Data Centre S. K. Jones, C. Helfter, M. Anderson, M. Coyle, C. Campbell, D. Famulari, C. Di Marco, N. van Dijk, Y. S. Tang, C. Topp, R. Kiese, R. Kindler, J. Siemens, M. Schrumpf, K. Kaiser, E. Nemitz, P. E. Levy, R. M. Rees, M. A. Sutton, and U. M. Skiba https://doi.org/10.5285/7e6e6955-a9d7-4f8a-961e-3fa3d56d0ead

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We assessed the nitrogen (N), carbon (C) and greenhouse gas (GHG) budget from an intensively managed grassland in southern Scotland using flux budget calculations as well as changes in soil N and C pools over time. Estimates from flux budget calculations indicated that N and C were sequestered, whereas soil stock measurements indicated a smaller N storage and a loss of C from the ecosystem. The GHG sink strength of the net CO2 ecosystem exchange was strongly affected by CH4 and N2O emissions.
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