Here we describe, test, and apply a spatially explicit, global model for predicting dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) export by rivers to coastal waters (NEWS-DIN). NEWS-DIN was developed as part of an internally consistent suite of global nutrient export models. Modeled and measured DIN export values agree well (calibration R-2 = 0.79), and NEWS-DIN is relatively free of bias. NEWS-DIN predicts: DIN yields ranging from 0.0004 to 5217 kg N km(-2) yr(-1) with the highest DIN yields occurring in Europe and South East Asia; global DIN export to coastal waters of 25 Tg N yr(-1), with 16 Tg N yr(-1) from anthropogenic sources; biological N-2 fixation is the dominant source of exported DIN; and globally, and on every continent except Africa, N fertilizer is the largest anthropogenic source of DIN export to coastal waters.
- marine ecosystems
- world rivers