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Nitrous Oxide and Climate Change

Edited By: Keith Smith

232 pages, col plate, maps, figs


Hardback | Jun 2010 | #184461 | ISBN-13: 9781844077571
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Nitrous oxide is the third most important in global warming terms of the greenhouse gases, after carbon dioxide and methane. Although it only comprises 320 parts per billion of the earth's atmosphere, it has a Global Warming Potential nearly 300 times greater than that of carbon dioxide.

The aim of this book is to provide a synthesis of scientific information on the primary sources and sinks of nitrous oxide and an assessment of likely trends in atmospheric concentrations over the next century plus the potential for mitigation measures.

'This timely book provides an excellent analysis of the key sources and sinks of the important greenhouse gas nitrous oxide, N2O, and of likely future trends in emissions and the prospects for mitigation. It will be a valuable source of information to audiences ranging from policy makers to professionals in climate change research and environmental science students.' James Galloway, Sidman P. Poole Professor, Dept. Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, USA; winner of the 2008 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement


Part 1: Introduction, Source and Sink Pathways & Mechanisms 1. Introduction 2. Microbial terrestrial pathways to N2O 3. Marine pathways to nitrous oxide (N2O) 4. The Global N2O Budget: A Reassessment Part 2: Anthropogenic sources; Mitigation# 5. N2O emissions from the N cycle in arable agriculture: estimation and mitigation 6. N2O Emissions from the Nitrogen Cycle in Livestock Agriculture: Estimation and Mitigation 7. N2O Emissions from Land-use and Land-management Change 8. Indirect Emissions of N2O from Nitrogen Deposition and Leaching of Agricultural Nitrogen 9. Abiotic N2O Sources: Chemical Industry and Mobile and Stationary Combustion Systems Part 3: Conclusions and Integration 10. Conclusions and Future Outlook

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Keith Smith is an Honorary Professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh. He has written extensively on climate change and was ta Lead Author and Chair of the IPCC subgroup writing the chapter on Nitrous Oxide in the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.

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