Journal of
Soil Science and Environmental Management

  • Abbreviation: J. Soil Sci. Environ. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2391
  • DOI: 10.5897/JSSEM
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 287

Review

Mitigating N2O emissions from agriculture: A review of the current knowledge on soil system modelling, environmental factors and management practices influencing emissions

D. Regaert
  • D. Regaert
  • Crop Science Unit, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, ULg, Belgium.
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M. Aubinet
  • M. Aubinet
  • BIOSE Department, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, ULg, Belgium.
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C. Moureaux
  • C. Moureaux
  • BIOSE Department, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, ULg, Belgium
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  •  Received: 04 March 2015
  •  Accepted: 12 June 2015
  •  Published: 01 July 2015

Abstract

The AgriGES project is a Concerted Research Action lead by Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, aiming to quantify methane and nitrous oxide emission from pastures and crop fields, respectively. Besides quantification, a second important goal of the AgriGES project is to study the flux dynamics and to gain a better understanding of the biophysical processes coming into play. We focus here on N2O fluxes and first propose an overview of the current modelling efforts. Two main weaknesses of these models have been identified, and potential new developments are suggested to mitigate these issues, with an emphasis on the denitrification process. Secondly, we propose a review of the current knowledge on the main environmental factors influencing nitrous oxide emission. Several mitigation options are also explored.

 

Key words: Nitrous oxide emission, environmental factors, modeling.