A large team of researchers led by staff from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology met at Grainau in the Bavarian Alps from the 13th to 17th March to start a €27 million project investigating the global nitrogen cycle, a little known but important cause of global warming, air pollution and biodiversity loss.
The Coordinator of NitroEurope, Dr. Mark Sutton, based at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology research site in Edinburgh said: "The main aim of the NitroEurope project is to find out what the overall effect of nitrogen is on the European greenhouse gas balance."
Although excess nitrogen contributes substantially to issues such as changes in the carbon cycle, global warming, water quality, acid rain, biodiversity loss, and air pollution, the issue has so far received little attention from the scientific community.
The "NitroEurope" team comprises 170 researchers from 64 European and international research organizations based is 24 different countries. The meeting in Grainau marked the start of work on the five year Project due to end in 2011. The work is principally funded by the European Commission.