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Gaseous nitrogen emissions from australian cattle feedlots

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  • At any one time, close to 700,000 beef cattle are raised intensively in Australian feedlots. This chapter describes measurements of emissions of the greenhouse gas N2O and the reactive nitrogen gases NH3and NOxfrom two Australian beef cattle feedlots made over two years with open- and closed-path concentration measurement systems and backward Lagrangian stochastic dispersion modelling. Emissions of all three gases exhibited marked diurnal cycles with maxima close to mid-day and minima over night. The average emission rate for N2O was 1.3 α 1.65 (s.d) kg N ha-1d-1, that for NH3was 95 α 36 kg N ha-1d-1, and for NOx1.20 α 0.58 kg N ha-1d-1. Extrapolating these figures to all the feedlots in the country and accepting the estimate by Mosier et al. (1998) that 1 % of the NH3and NOxwould be converted to N2O after eventual deposition, the direct emissions of N2O from feedlots amount to 241 kt CO2-e year-1and those from NH3plus NOxto 181 kt CO2-e year-1, or 43 % of the total N2O emissions. These direct and indirect emissions are substantial, amounting to 60 % in terms of CO2-e of the CH4emissions measured in the project.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Denmead, O. T., Chen, D., Rowell, D., Loh, Z., Hill, J., Muir, S., . . . Mc Ginn, S. (2014). Gaseous nitrogen emissions from australian cattle feedlots. In Nitrogen Deposition, Critical Loads and Biodiversity: Proceedings of the International Nitrogen Initiative Workshop, Linking Experts of the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution and the Convention on Biological Diversity (pp. 24-29). doi:10.1007/978-94-007-7939-6_3

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9789400779389

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84948092466

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Nitrogen Deposition, Critical Loads and Biodiversity: Proceedings of the International Nitrogen Initiative Workshop, Linking Experts of the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution and the Convention on Biological Diversity

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  • 24

End Page


  • 29

Abstract


  • At any one time, close to 700,000 beef cattle are raised intensively in Australian feedlots. This chapter describes measurements of emissions of the greenhouse gas N2O and the reactive nitrogen gases NH3and NOxfrom two Australian beef cattle feedlots made over two years with open- and closed-path concentration measurement systems and backward Lagrangian stochastic dispersion modelling. Emissions of all three gases exhibited marked diurnal cycles with maxima close to mid-day and minima over night. The average emission rate for N2O was 1.3 α 1.65 (s.d) kg N ha-1d-1, that for NH3was 95 α 36 kg N ha-1d-1, and for NOx1.20 α 0.58 kg N ha-1d-1. Extrapolating these figures to all the feedlots in the country and accepting the estimate by Mosier et al. (1998) that 1 % of the NH3and NOxwould be converted to N2O after eventual deposition, the direct emissions of N2O from feedlots amount to 241 kt CO2-e year-1and those from NH3plus NOxto 181 kt CO2-e year-1, or 43 % of the total N2O emissions. These direct and indirect emissions are substantial, amounting to 60 % in terms of CO2-e of the CH4emissions measured in the project.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Denmead, O. T., Chen, D., Rowell, D., Loh, Z., Hill, J., Muir, S., . . . Mc Ginn, S. (2014). Gaseous nitrogen emissions from australian cattle feedlots. In Nitrogen Deposition, Critical Loads and Biodiversity: Proceedings of the International Nitrogen Initiative Workshop, Linking Experts of the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution and the Convention on Biological Diversity (pp. 24-29). doi:10.1007/978-94-007-7939-6_3

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9789400779389

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84948092466

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Nitrogen Deposition, Critical Loads and Biodiversity: Proceedings of the International Nitrogen Initiative Workshop, Linking Experts of the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution and the Convention on Biological Diversity

Start Page


  • 24

End Page


  • 29