Nitrogen Removal by River Systems of the Feng River Basin in China
As human activities continue to alter the global nitrogen cycle, the ability to predict the impact of increased nitrogen loading to river systems is becoming more and more important. Nitrogen retention is of particular interest because it is through its combined processes that local and downstream nitrogen concentrations are reduced. To determine the potential for N removed from Feng River network, we used stream chemistry and hydrogeo-morphology data from 17 stream and river sites to estimate NO3-–N removal in Feng River system of China. We used a N removal model to predict NO3-–N input and removal in December of 2011. NO3-–N input ranged from 0.06 to 20 kg km-1d-1in the Feng River system. Cumulative river network NO3-–N input was 446 ton year-1 in dry season in whole water system. NO3–N removal based on the model ranged from 0.04 to 4.2 kg km-1d-1 December of 2011 for Feng River. Cumulative river network NO3-–N removal predicted by the model was 58 ton year-1 in dry season. Proportional NO3–N removal (PNR) ranged from 0.2 to 0.6 in this time. PNR was negatively correlated with both stream orders.
Z.S. Liu, L.P. Xu, X.D. Liang, Z.H. Wang and H.M. Zhang
J. H. Zhi et al., "Nitrogen Removal by River Systems of the Feng River Basin in China", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 1015, pp. 631-634, 2014