Articles | Volume 16, issue 9
Biogeosciences, 16, 2003–2031, 2019
Biogeosciences, 16, 2003–2031, 2019

Research article 15 May 2019

Research article | 15 May 2019

Global NO and HONO emissions of biological soil crusts estimated by a process-based non-vascular vegetation model

Philipp Porada et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (21 Feb 2019) by Akihiko Ito
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (29 Mar 2019)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (09 Apr 2019) by Akihiko Ito
Short summary
The trace gases NO and HONO are crucial for atmospheric chemistry. It has been suggested that biological soil crusts in drylands contribute substantially to global NO and HONO emissions, based on empirical upscaling of laboratory and field observations. Here we apply an alternative, process-based modeling approach to predict these emissions. We find that biological soil crusts emit globally significant amounts of NO and HONO, which also vary depending on the type of biological soil crust.
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