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Key ecological responses to nitrogen are altered by climate change

Nature Climate Change

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https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate3088

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Abstract

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.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Key ecological responses to nitrogen are altered by climate change
Series title:
Nature Climate Change
DOI:
10.1038/nclimate3088
Volume:
6
Year Published:
2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
Nature
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center
Description:
8 p.
First page:
836
Last page:
843