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Title (Primary) Release of nitrous oxide and dinitrogen from a transition bog under drained and rewetted conditions due to denitrification: results from a [15N]nitrate–bromide double-tracer study
Author Tauchnitz, N.; Spott, O.; Russow, R.; Bernsdorf, S.; Glaser, B.; Meissner, R.;
Journal Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies
Year 2015
Department BOPHY;
Volume 51
Issue 2
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T31;
Keywords denitrification; dinitrogen; nitrogen-15; nitrous oxide; peat soil; rewetting; stable isotope tracer techniques
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Abstract Denitrification is well known being the most important nitrate-consuming process in water-logged peat soils, whereby the intermediate compound nitrous oxide (N2O) and the end product dinitrogen (N2) are ultimately released. The present study was aimed at evaluating the release of these gases (due to denitrification) from a nutrient-poor transition bog ecosystem under drained and three differently rewetted conditions at the field scale using a 15N-tracer approach ([15N]nitrate application, 30 kg N ha−1) and a common closed-chamber technique. The drained site is characterized by a constant water table (WT) of –30 cm (here referred to as D30), while rewetted sites represent a constant WT of –15 cm, a constant WT of 0 cm (i.e. waterlogged), and an initial WT of 0 cm (which decreased slightly during the experiment), respectively, (here referred to as R15, R0, and R0d, respectively). The highest N2O emissions were observed at D30 (291 µg N2O–N m−2 h−1) as well as at R0d (665 µg N2O–N m−2 h−1). At the rewetted peat sites with a constant WT (i.e. R15 and R0), considerably lower N2O emissions were observed (maximal 37 µg N2O–N m−2 h−1). Concerning N2 only at the initially water-logged peat site R0d considerable release rates (up to 3110 µg N2–N m−2 h−1) were observed, while under drained conditions (D30) no N2 emission and under rewetted conditions with a constant WT (R15 and R0) significantly lower N2 release rates (maximal 668 µg N2–N m–2 h−1) could be detected. In addition, it has been found that natural WT fluctuations at rewetted peat sites, in particular a rapid drop down of the WT, can induce high emission rates for both N2O and N2.
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Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=15614
Tauchnitz, N., Spott, O., Russow, R., Bernsdorf, S., Glaser, B., Meissner, R. (2015):
Release of nitrous oxide and dinitrogen from a transition bog under drained and rewetted conditions due to denitrification: results from a [15N]nitrate–bromide double-tracer study
Isot. Environ. Health Stud. 51 (2), 300 - 321