Comment on “Legacy nitrogen may prevent achievement of water quality goals in the Gulf of Mexico”

Tristan C. Ballard, Anna M. Michalak, Gregory F. McIsaac, Nancy N. Rabalais, R. Eugene Turner

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Abstract

Van Meter et al. (Reports, 27 April 2018, p. 427) warn that achieving nitrogen reduction goals in the Gulf of Mexico will take decades as a result of legacy nitrogen effects. We discuss limitations of the modeling approach and demonstrate that legacy effects ranging from a few years to decades are equally consistent with observations. The presented time scales for system recovery are therefore highly uncertain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbereaau8401
JournalScience
Volume365
Issue number6455
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 23 2019

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