Nitrogen Loading in Coastal Water Bodies: An Atmospheric Perspective

Nitrogen Loading in Coastal Water Bodies: An Atmospheric Perspective

Editor(s): Richard A. Valigura, Richard B. Alexander, Mark S. Castro, Tilden P. Meyers, Hans W. Paerl, Paul E. Stacey, R. Eugene Turner

Published Online: 17 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9780875902715

Online ISBN: 9781118665190

DOI: 10.1029/CE057

About this Book

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Coastal and Estuarine Studies, Volume 57.

Every time it rains, biologically active nitrogen compounds are transferred from the air to whatever surface lies underneath; what a farmer once called "the poor man's fertilizer." In fact, nitrogen containing compounds are transferred between surface and atmosphere even when it is not raining. That this atmospheric nitrogen deposition impacts on the environment is a scientifically accepted fact, established during the acid rain debates led by the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program. The extent to which this deposition contributes to the decline of coastal waters around the United States due to over fertilization, however, is still under debate. In response to and as a continuation of this debate is the current work before you: the first attempt to consistently and comprehensively estimate the relative contribution of atmospherically delivered nitrogen to the total amount of nitrogen entering coastal estuaries around the United States.

Table of contents

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    2. Chapter 2

      Atmospheric Deposition of Nitrogen in Coastal Waters: Biogeochemical and Ecological Implications (pages 11–52)

      Hans W. Paerl, Walter R. Boynton, Robin L. Dennis, Charles T. Driscoll, Holly S. Greening, James N. Kremer, Nancy N. Rabalais and Sybil P. Seitzinger

    3. Chapter 3

      Atmospheric Nitrogen Deposition to Coastal Estuaries and their Watersheds (pages 53–76)

      Tilden Meyers, Joseph Sickles, Robin Dennis, Kristina Russell, James Galloway and Thomas Church

    4. Chapter 4

      Contribution of Atmospheric Deposition to the Total Nitrogen Loads to Thirty-Four Estuaries on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States (pages 77–106)

      Mark S. Castro, Charles T. Driscoll, Thomas E. Jordan, William G. Reay, Walter R. Boynton, Sybil P. Seitzinger, Renée V. Styles and Jaye E. Cable

    5. Chapter 6

      Atmospheric Nitrogen Flux from the Watersheds of Major Estuaries of the United States: An Application of the SPARROW Watershed Model (pages 119–170)

      Richard B. Alexander, Richard A. Smith, Gregory E. Schwarz, Stephen D. Preston, John W. Brakebill, Raghavan Srinivasan and Percy A. Pacheco

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