Managing the Cycles of Nitrogen and Phosphorus: Mitigation and Adaptation

Oct 22nd, 2008 - Oct 25th, 2008

This meeting focused on identifying and developing the information that society needs to respond effectively to man-made changes in nitrogen and phosphorus cycles. Impacts of these changes include emissions of gases like nitrous oxide, eutrophication of streams and lakes, ocean dead zones and loss of biodiversity. Focus was placed on exploring nutrient limited agriculture systems with poor yields and those applying excessive amounts of nutrient input with consideration on how to achieve better yields with minimal environmental damage.

Keywords: Nitrogen; phosphorus; agriculture; human interactions; land use change; solutions

Workshop Outcomes

  • Nutrient Imbalances in Agricultural Development
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Day 1October 23, 2008

9:00 am Introduction to Session and Intended Products

2:00 pm Begin Discussion/Development of Sets of Questions and Issues for Consideration

3:30 pm Continue Discussions/Development of Questions

4:00 pm Develop Strategy for Addressing Questions


Pamela Matson

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
starEvent Co-Chair

Rosamond Lee Naylor

Stanford University
William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science & Sr. Fellow and Founding Director, Center on Food Security and Environment
starEvent Co-Chair

Peter Vitousek

Stanford University
starEvent Co-Chair


The Land Institute
Cornell University
Associate Professor
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Senior Scientist
Universidad de Sao Paulo
Colorado State University (CSU)
Senior Research Scientist
Columbia University
Senior Research Scientist
Columbia University
Director, Tropical, Agriculture & Rural Environment Program
University of Colorado, Boulder

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