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Coupled effects of atmospheric N2O and O3 on the Earth's climate

Nature volume 286, pages 589590 (07 August 1980) | Download Citation

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Increased application of nitrogen fertilizer1 could perturb the atmospheric nitrogen cycle and might lead to a possible increase2–6 in atmospheric N2O. N2O plays an important role in stratospheric chemistry7–9 as well as in the global radiation budget10–12. Recent studies13–15 suggest that perturbation of local ozone could also significantly affect the global climate. Here we show that a doubling in the present day N2O level might significantly perturb the distribution of O3 and HNO3, and that the associated climatic feedbacks from O3 and HNO3 perturbations could contribute as much as 0.23 K warming of the surface temperature, in addition to 0.44 K directly caused by N2O doubling.

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    • Wei-Chyung Wang
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