Experimental inducement of nitrogen saturation at the watershed scale

J. S. Kahl, S. A. Norton, I. J. Fernandez, K. J. Nadelhoffer, Charles T Driscoll, J. D. Aber

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Experimentally induced incipient N saturation in a paired-catchment experiment at the Bear Brook Watershed in Maine. Nitrate flux from the treated catchment has increased from 200 to >500 equiv ha-1 yr-1. Seasonal patterns in stream NO3 - concentrations have been fundamentally altered by the treatment, with NO3 - loss now occurring nearly all year from the experimental watershed. Results suggest that N saturation, soil acidification, and altered N cycling in forested watersheds may be induced at lower rates of N deposition than previously believed. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Science & Technology
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Engineering

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Kahl, J. S., Norton, S. A., Fernandez, I. J., Nadelhoffer, K. J., Driscoll, C. T., & Aber, J. D. (1993). Experimental inducement of nitrogen saturation at the watershed scale. In Environmental Science & Technology (3 ed., Vol. 27, pp. 565-568)