Modeling Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics for Soil Management: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Modeling Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics for Soil Management

1st Edition

Edited by M.J. Shaffer, Liwang Ma, Soren Hansen

CRC Press

672 pages

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Hardback: 9781566705295
pub: 2001-05-07

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Good management practices for carbon and nitrogen are vital to crop productivity and soil sustainability, as well as to the reduction of global greenhouse gases and environmental pollution. Since the 1950's, mathematical models have advanced our understanding of carbon and nitrogen cycling at both the micro- and macro-scales. However, many of the models are scattered in the literature, undergo constant modification, and similar models can have different names.

Modeling Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics for Soil Management clarifies the confusion by presenting a systematic summary of the various models available. It provides information about strengths and weaknesses, level of complexity, easiness of use, and application range of each model. In nineteen chapters, internationally known model developers and users update you on the current status and future direction of carbon and nitrogen modeling.

The book's coverage ranges from theoretical comparison of models to application of models to soil management problems, from laboratory applications to field and watershed scale applications, from short-term simulation to long-term prediction, and from DOS-based computer programs to Object-Oriented and Graphical Interface designs. With this broad scope, Modeling Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics for Soil Management provides the tools to manage complex carbon/nitrogen processes effectively.


"The book is authored by three experts in the field of agricultural system modeling. Each of the 19 chapters addresses a particular type of model. Organizing the material in this way makes the book useful to engineers wanting to find a model to solve or analyze a particular problem. It would also lend itself well for use as a course textbook. Instructors could easily choose certain models or processes to cover their courses, or the order in which they are discussed. The writing is clear and logically ordered. Each chapter is well referenced and contains its own table of contents. A separate table of contents allows for easier use of individual chapters apart from the whole text and thus adds to the usability of the book. … This is a well-written and useable book for both the practitioner and student of soil management"

Journal of Environmental Engineering, Volume 128, Number 4, April 2002

Table of Contents


Introduction to Simulation of Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics in Soils, M.J. Shaffer, L. Ma, and S. Hansen

Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics in Upland Soils, M.J. Shaffer and L. Ma

Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics in Wetland Soils, W.F. DeBusk, J.R. White, and K.R. Reddy

A Review of Carbon and Nitrogen Processes in nine U.S. Soil Nitrogen Dynamics Models, L. Ma and M.J. Shaffer

A Review of Carbon and Nitrogen Processes in European Soil Nitrogen Dynamics Models, M.B. McGechan and L. Wu

A Review of Canadian Ecosystem Model - Ecosys, R.F. Grant

Application of RZWQM for Nitrogen Management, L. Ma, M. Shaffer, and L. Ahuja

Simulated Interaction of Carbon Dynamics and Nitrogen Trace Gas Fluxes Using the DAYCENT Model, S.J. Del Grosso, W.J. Parton, A.R. Mosier, M.D. Hartman, J. Brenner, D.S. Ojima, and D.S. Schimel

NLEAP Water Quality Applications in Bulgaria, Dimitar Stoichev, Milena Kercheva, and Dimitranka Stoicheva

Use of Simulations for Evaluation of Best Management Practices on Irrigated Cropping Systems, Jorge Delgado

NLEAP (NLEAP on STELLA) - A Nitrogen Cycling Model with a Graphical Interface: Implications for Model Developers and Users, S. Bittman, D.E. Hunt, M.J. Shaffer, and T.L. Nelson

NLEAP Internet Tools for Estimating NO3-N Leaching and N2O Emissions, M. Shaffer, K. Lasnik, X. Ou, R. Flynn, and C. Xu

Modelling the Effects of Manure and Fertilizer Management Options on Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Processes, M.B. McGechan, D.R. Lewis, L. Wu, and I.P. McTaggart

Parametrisation of Soil Nitrogen Transport Models by Use of Laboratory and Field Data, E. Priesack, S. Achatz, and R. Stenger

Application of the Daisy Model for Short- and Long-Term Simulation of Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics, L.S. Jensen, T. Mueller, S. Bruun, and S. Hansen

Modelling Nitrate Leaching at Different Scales - Application of the Daisy Model, Søren Hansen, Christian Thirup, Jens Christian Refsgaard, and Lars Stoumann Jensen

Performance of a Nitrogen Dynamics Model Applied to Evaluate Agricultural Management Practices, K.C. Kersebaum and A.J. Beblik

Modeling N Behavior in the Soil and Vadoze Environment Supporting Fertilizer Management at the Farm Scale, Juan David Piñeros Garcet, Amaury Tilmant, Mathieu Javauz, and Marnik Vanclooster

Modeling Transformations of Soil Organic Carbon and Nitrogen at Differing Scales of Complexity, R.F. Grant

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General