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Managing denitrification in human-dominated landscapes

The National Science Foundation has issued a press release regarding the special issue of Ecological Engineering, which was the product of the Denitrification-RCN workshop held at the University of Rhode Island, May 2009.

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Managing denitrification in human-dominated landscapes

Ecological Engineering, November 2010.

This special issue of Ecological Engineering presents products from the Denitrification-RCN workshop held at the Coastal Institute of the University of Rhode Island, May 2009. This workshop brought together over 40 ecologists, engineers, and policy experts to combine their collective, inter-disciplinary expertise to address a common goal of using ecological principals in engineering designs to help control nitrogen pollution. [More (PDF)...]

New approaches to modeling denitrification

Biogeochemistry, March 2009.

This special issue of Biogeochemistry presents products from the first workshop in the Denitrification RCN series which had modeling denitrification as its primary focus (November of 2006). The current status as well as new advances in modeling denitrification in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments are covered, with an overall emphasis on scaling up from small scales to whole watershed perspectives. [More...]


Previous Workshops:

Dec. 13 - 17, 2010
Integrating Advances in Molecular Studies of Denitrification With Biogeochemistry at Larger Scales - 2010

May 18 - 20, 2010
Workshop on Nitrogen Assessment Science in the USA

May 12 - 14, 2009
Managing Denitrification in Human Dominated Landscapes

May 27 - 30, 2008
Advancing Methods for Measuring Denitrification in Terrestrial and Aquatic Systems

November 28 - 30, 2006
Denitrification Modeling Across Terrestrial, Freshwater and Marine Systems

May 3 - 5, 2004
Workshop on Advanced Approaches to Quantify Denitrification


NSF's Denitrification Research Coordination Network (RCN)

This project began in 2005 with the overall objective of creating a community of denitrification scientists from a wide array of disciplines, from molecular biology to ecosystem science, and from soil science to oceanography. Despite many denitrification studies, only a few locations have measurements adequate to quantify rates or to understand factors controlling denitrification at the ecosystem scale. The focus of activities of the Denitrification RCN is to advance across the range of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems on earth: 1) quantification of denitrification rates, 2) development of quantitative, process-based relationships between rates of denitrification and controlling factors, and 3) production of spatially explicit, process-based models that can be used to scale-up site specific measurements to ecosystem, regional and global scales.

While the Denitrification RCN has just been established, our long-term (10-15 year) vision is to have spatially explicit maps of denitrification rates for the entire earth system under current conditions, as well as past and hypothetical (future) scenarios. Toward that objective the RCN will:

  • Facilitate the sharing of recent methodological advances in denitrification measurement and models
  • Stimulate additional methodological improvements
  • Enhance coordination of research activities and facilitate new joint research programs in under-sampled ecosystems and geographical regions
  • Promote synthesis and integration at various scales
  • Catalyze and stimulate interaction of scientists with policy-makers and managers on denitrification issues of concern to society