Articles | Volume 15, issue 20
Biogeosciences, 15, 6127–6138, 2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 6127–6138, 2018

Research article 18 Oct 2018

Research article | 18 Oct 2018

Nitrogen and oxygen availabilities control water column nitrous oxide production during seasonal anoxia in the Chesapeake Bay

Qixing Ji et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (24 May 2018) by Tina Treude
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (29 Jun 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (11 Jul 2018) by Tina Treude
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (19 Jul 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #4 (17 Sep 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (19 Sep 2018) by Tina Treude
AR by Qixing Ji on behalf of the Authors (23 Sep 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (04 Oct 2018) by Tina Treude
Short summary
Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a strong greenhouse gas and ozone-depletion agent. Intense N2O effluxes had been observed from nutrient-rich estuaries with human impacts, such as the Chesapeake Bay. We report that increased nitrogen availability and low-oxygen conditions stimulate N2O production. Thus, controlling the nutrient input to the bay will decrease nitrogen availability and alleviate eutrophication, leading to water column reoxygenation, and subsequently will mitigate N2O emission.
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