The cycling of organic nitrogen through the atmosphere

Jickells, T., Baker, A.R. ORCID:, Cape, J.N., Nemitz, E. and Cornell, S.E. (2013) The cycling of organic nitrogen through the atmosphere. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 368 (1621). ISSN 0962-8436

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Atmospheric organic nitrogen (ON) appears to be a ubiquitous but poorly understood component of the atmospheric nitrogen deposition flux. Here, we focus on the (ON) components that dominate deposition and do not consider reactive atmospheric gases containing (ON) such as peroxyacyl nitrates that are important in atmospheric nitrogen transport, but are probably not particularly important in deposition. We first review the approaches to the analysis and characterization of atmospheric (ON). We then briefly summarize the available data on the concentrations of (ON)in both aerosols and rainwater from around the world, and the limited information available on its chemical characterization. This evidence clearly shows that atmospheric aerosol and rainwater (ON)is a complex mixture of material from multiple sources. This synthesis of available information is then used to try and identify some of the important sources of this material, in particular, if it is of predominantly natural or anthropogenic origin. Finally, we suggest that the flux of ON is about 25 per cent of the total nitrogen deposition flux.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: nitrogen,organic nitrogen,atmosphere
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 21:00
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2023 13:44
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2013.0115

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