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Key ecological responses to nitrogen are altered by climate change

August 29, 2016

Climate change and anthropogenic nitrogen deposition are both important ecological threats. Evaluating their cumulative effects provides a more holistic view of ecosystem vulnerability to human activities, which would better inform policy decisions aimed to protect the sustainability of ecosystems. Our knowledge of the cumulative effects of these stressors is growing, but we lack an integrated understanding. In this Review, we describe how climate change alters key processes in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems related to nitrogen cycling and availability, and the response of ecosystems to nitrogen addition in terms of carbon cycling, acidification and biodiversity.

Publication Year 2016
Title Key ecological responses to nitrogen are altered by climate change
DOI 10.1038/nclimate3088
Authors T.L. Greaver, C.M. Clark, J.E. Compton, D. Vallano, A. F. Talhelm, C.P. Weaver, L.E. Band, Jill Baron, E.A. Davidson, C.L. Tague, E. Felker-Quinn, J.A. Lynch, J.D. Herrick, L. Liu, C.L. Goodale, K. J. Novak, R. A. Haeuber
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Nature Climate Change
Index ID 70176120
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center