Articles | Volume 5, issue 2
Original research article
19 Sep 2019
Original research article |  | 19 Sep 2019

A new look at an old concept: using 15N2O isotopomers to understand the relationship between soil moisture and N2O production pathways

Katelyn A. Congreves, Trang Phan, and Richard E. Farrell


Interactive discussion

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Status: closed
AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
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Peer-review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (30 Jul 2019) by Steven Sleutel
AR by Kate Congreves on behalf of the Authors (30 Jul 2019)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (09 Aug 2019) by Steven Sleutel
ED: Publish as is (11 Aug 2019) by Johan Six (Executive editor)
AR by Kate Congreves on behalf of the Authors (12 Aug 2019)  Manuscript 

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Kate Congreves on behalf of the Authors (05 Sep 2019)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (11 Sep 2019) by Steven Sleutel
Short summary
There are surprising grey areas in the precise quantification of pathways that produce nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, as influenced by soil moisture. Here, we take a new look at a classic study but use isotopomers as a powerful tool to determine the source pathways of nitrous oxide as regulated by soil moisture. Our results support earlier research, but we contribute scientific advancements by providing models that enable quantifying source partitioning rather than just inferencing.