Characterising in detail the fate of agrochemicals in our soil
While the focus regarding atmospheric pollution and climate change is often on carbon dioxide, nitrate levels and nitrous oxide production in soils directly affect humans and other living organisms and have serious environmental impact. Understanding the chemical processes of the degradation of agrochemicals and other sources of nitrates and the associated production of nitrous oxide, itself a potent greenhouse gas, requires accurate models of reactive transport in various soils. The EU-funded RW3D-US project is improving on current numerical models; scientists are applying novel mathematical methods that more accurately simulate reactive systems and highlight key processes. Better models will be critical to our understanding and management of surface and groundwater contamination, raising awareness of the effects it can have on the climate.
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