Phosphorus cycle in European agricultural soils

Process-based biogeochemical models are valuable instruments to monitor the Phosphorus (P) cycle and predict the effect of agricultural management policies.

Therefore, the ESDAC upscaled the calibrated DayCent model at the European level using data-derived soil properties, advanced input data sets, and representative management practices.

The results depicted a P budget, total soil P, and available P content consistent with literature and national statistics. Agricultural management scenarios revealed a range of potential changes in the P budget by 2030 and 2050, influenced by the interlink of P with biogeochemical carbon and nitrogen cycles.  Available datasets include Current P Budget and Soil Pools, Projected P Budget and Soil Pools for the EU and UK as well the datasets corresponding to the figures of the related manuscript.

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