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https://doi.org/10.5194/bgd-11-11785-2014
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https://doi.org/10.5194/bgd-11-11785-2014
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Research article 01 Aug 2014

Research article | 01 Aug 2014

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Modelling the effect of soil moisture and organic matter degradation on biogenic NO emissions from soils in Sahel rangeland (Mali)

C. Delon1, E. Mougin2, D. Serça1, M. Grippa2, P. Hiernaux2, M. Diawara2, C. Galy-Lacaux1, and L. Kergoat2 C. Delon et al.
  • 1Laboratoire d'Aérologie, Université de Toulouse and CNRS, Toulouse, France
  • 2Geosciences Environnement Toulouse, Université de Toulouse, CNRS and IRD, Toulouse, France

Abstract. This work is an attempt to provide seasonal variation of biogenic NO emission fluxes in a sahelian rangeland in Mali (Agoufou, 15.34° N, 1.48° W) for years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Indeed, NO is one of the most important precursor for tropospheric ozone, and the contribution of the Sahel region in emitting NO is no more considered as negligible. The link between NO production in the soil and NO release to the atmosphere is investigated in this study, by taking into account vegetation litter production and degradation, microbial processes in the soil, emission fluxes, and environmental variables influencing these processes, using a coupled vegetation–litter decomposition–emission model. This model includes the Sahelian-Transpiration-Evaporation-Productivity (STEP) model for the simulation of herbaceous, tree leaf and fecal masses, the GENDEC model (GENeral DEComposition) for the simulation of the buried litter decomposition, and the NO emission model for the simulation of the NO flux to the atmosphere. Physical parameters (soil moisture and temperature, wind speed, sand percentage) which affect substrate diffusion and oxygen supply in the soil and influence the microbial activity, and biogeochemical parameters (pH and fertilization rate related to N content) are necessary to simulate the NO flux. The reliability of the simulated parameters is checked, in order to assess the robustness of the simulated NO flux. Simulated yearly average of NO flux ranges from 0.69 to 1.09 kg(N) ha−1 yr−1, and wet season average ranges from 1.16 to 2.08 kg(N) ha−1 yr−1. These results are in the same order as previous measurements made in several sites where the vegetation and the soil are comparable to the ones in Agoufou. This coupled vegetation–litter decomposition–emission model could be generalized at the scale of the Sahel region, and provide information where little data is available.

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