Atmospheric nitrogen deposition and the Chesapeake Bay Estuary

D. C. Fisher, M. Oppenheimer

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Our base case estimate indicates that approximately 25% of the anthropogenic nitrogen loading to the Bay originates as atmospheric nitrate deposition, which arises almost entirely from anthropogenic emissions of nitrogen oxides. A sensitivity analysis was also performed indicating a range of 20% to 30% for the contribution of atmospheric nitrate. Atmospheric ammonium deposition contributes another 14% of the total. We conclude that atmospheric sources of nitrogen, particularly nitrogen oxides emissions, should be considered in management strategies aimed at reducing nitrogen loading of coastal waters. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-108
Number of pages7
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Ecology


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