Table 2 Biogeographic distribution of total N and P excreted by seabird breeders and chicks

From: Seabird colonies as important global drivers in the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles

Region Total population of breeders and chicks (millions) Percentage of total seabirds N excreted (Gg N y−1) Percentage of total N excreted P excreted (Gg P y−1) Percentage of total P excreted
Antarctica and Southern Ocean 213 26 470 80 79 80
Greenland and Svalbard 209 26 32 5.5 5.4 5.5
North America 73.9 9.2 7.7 1.3 1.3 1.3
Australasia 95.5 12 27 4.5 4.5 4.6
Pacifica 106 13 12 2.0 1.9 2.0
Europe 30.5 3.8 8.2 1.4 1.4 1.4
South America 12.6 1.6 11 1.9 1.8 1.9
Asia 40.1 5.0 8.2 1.4 1.4 1.4
Indian Ocean 12.3 1.5 2.7 0.46 0.46 0.46
Atlantica 0.31 0.04 1.1 0.19 0.18 0.18
Middle East 1.23 0.15 1.6 0.28 0.28 0.28
Africa 6.16 0.77 5.5 0.93 0.92 0.93
Caribbean and Central America 3.08 0.38 3.8 0.65 0.64 0.65