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Comparisons of N2O and CH4 fluxes as affected by land use systems and climate in small catchments in Korea


Von 10/2009 bis 09/2012

Projektleiter: Gerhard Gebauer, Hojeong Kang
Mitarbeiter: Sina Berger
Bewilligung: IRTG 1565 WP III TERRECO - Complex Terrain and Ecological Heterogeneity - Evaluating ecosystem services in production versus water yield and water quality in mountainous landscapes

Goal within the TERRECO Assessments:

  • Comparison of trace gas emissions from the Haean-myun and Eger Basins and in Joellanam-do Province, Korea
  • Examination of the influences of land use, of agricultural practices, and of change in the seasonal course for temperature and precipitation
  • Evaluation of contrasting regulation of hotspot emissions from high elevation summer agricultural fields in Korean mountain locations

Abstract 2011: Global change is a challenge for mankind, especially to mitigate the negative effects. One important aspect of global change is the increasing release of infrared absorbing trace gases into the atmosphere, since they contribute significantly to global warming.  Agricultural land covers a large part of the earths’ surface, and agricultural management is becoming more intensive in order to meet food demands of the continuously growing population on earth. In addition to intensified nitrogen fertilization of crops, plastic mulching is an often used weed control method in East Asia. Until now, little information exists about the effect of plastic mulching on N2O emissions. This work aims to elucidate such soil processes behind the trace gas emissions in dry land fields. Besides the work in agricultural ecosystems we also focus on natural ecosystems. We investigate the effect of the South Korean early summer drought followed by heavy monsoon rains on N2O fluxes of deciduous forests. All of the research was conducted in the Haean Basin, South Korea, which as a super study site has both natural forest and intensively used agricultural land use systems.       

Keywords: N2O emission, N2O consumption, plastic mulching, nitrogen fertilization, soil moisture 


project description in detail from proceedings of 2011 TERRECO Science Conference GAP


Abstract 2013: N2O is one of the most important greenhouse gases. To achieve a better understanding of its flux dynamics and of underlying soil processes is currently of great interest. The overall-aim of this study, on the one hand, was to obtain an overview of the amounts of N2O being emitted from typical land use systems of the study region in South Korea and, on the other hand, to identify those soil processes which are driving the N2O fluxes. The land use systems investigated were deciduous forests (experiencing long early summer drought periods followed by heavy monsoon rains), dry crop fields (which were subjected to PE-mulching) and rice fields (undergoing different water management practices). Additional specific research questions were addressed for each land use system.

To tackle these questions, a variety of methods were applied, such as closed-chamber-measurements in conjunction with a photoacoustic infrared trace gas analyzer to measure the N2O exchange between soil and atmosphere as well as several methods investigating soil processes in order to identify N2O producing and consuming areas along the soil profiles. As an overall-result, it is suggested that the N2O emissions of the entire study region are quite low and not much N2O is being produced along the soil profiles. At three different forest sites, even negative N2O fluxes (from the atmosphere into the soil) could be detected, which were driven by soil moisture and temperature as well as an apparent effect of soil texture. At the dry crop fields, we observed a positive effect of plastic mulching on N2O emissions, meaning that the use of plastic mulch slightly reduced the amounts of N2O degassing from the investigated fields. Regarding the rice paddies, it can be concluded that water management with the shortest flooding-period showed the least N2O emissions, whereas moister paddies emitted more N2O. The N2O fluxes between rice paddies’ soils and atmosphere appeared to be driven by processes occurring in 40-50 cm soil depth. The result of having low emissions of N2O and little amounts of N2O being produced in the soils, is on the one hand pleasing, but on the other hand suggests that more research should be done to determine what happens to the NO3- (terminal electron acceptor for denitrification – the main process which produces N2O) being washed out of the soils.

Keywords: nitrous oxide, soil profiles, drought period, heavy rainfall, PE-mulching, rice paddy water management


Poster January 2013

Publikationsliste dieses Projekts

Seo, J; Jang, I; Gebauer, G; Kang, H: Abundance of Methanogens, Methanotrophic Bacteria, and Denitrifiers in Rice Paddy Soils, Wetlands, 34, 213-223 (2014), doi:10.1007/s13157-013-0477-y -- Details
Kim, Y; Berger, S; Kettering, J; Tenhunen, J; Haas, E; Kiese, R: Simulation of N2O emissions and nitrate leaching from plastic mulch radish cultivation with LandscapeDNDC, Ecological Research, 29, 441-454 (2014), doi:10.1007/s11284-014-1136-3 -- Details
Berger, S; Jung, EY; Köpp, J; Kang, H; Gebauer, G: Monsoon rains, drought periods and soil texture as drivers of soil N2O fluxes - soil drought turns East Asian temperate deciduous forest soils into temporary and unexpectedly persistent N2O sinks, Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 57, 273-281 (2013), doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2012.09.026 -- Details
Berger, S; Kim, Y; Kettering, J; Gebauer, G: Plastic mulching in agriculture - friend or foe of N2O emissions?, Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 167, 43-51 (2013), doi:10.1016/j.agee.2013.01.010 -- Details
Berger, S; Jang, I; Seo, J; Kang, H; Gebauer, G: A record of N2O and CH4 emissions and underlying soil processes of Korean rice paddies as affected by different water management practices, Biogeochemistry, 115, 317-332 (2013), doi:10.1007/s10533-013-9837-1 -- Details
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