GOODWATER IP has a publication in an internationally peer-reviewed journal

One of the most significant surface water quality problems in Latvia is nutrient pollution, which is water eutrophication. Nitrogen is one of the main nutrients, and increasing concentrations in aquatic ecosystems contribute to this process. Although the relative contribution of forest and wetland ecosystems in the amount of diffuse pollution is small, however, given the proportion of areas in the region (almost 50% of the total Baltic Sea catchment area) to invest large nutrient exports to take into account. The Interreg Estonia-Latvia program project “Integrated Nitrogen Management System in the Gulf of Riga” Integrated Nitrogen Management System for the Gulf of Riga “collects statistics on different levels of nitrogen flow, including forests and swamps.

The scientific paper identifies and quantifies, within the limits of data availability, the main reactive nitrogen fluxes (both incoming and outgoing) in forest and wetland ecosystems. One of the main outflows of reactive nitrogen from forest ecosystems is the reactive nitrogen as a result of leaching, which can directly affect the quality of surface water in the catchment area. In general, it has been concluded that forest and wetland ecosystems in Latvia are small reactive nitrogen storages – the total input of reactive nitrogen into the ecosystem exceeds the total output from the ecosystem. The publication data will be useful for both calculations within the LIFE GOOSWATER IP and for wider application in various planning processes at national and international level.

The publication can be viewed here:] The Scandinavian Journal of Forest Science is an international scientific publication that aims to publish high-level articles related to forest research. Its editorial board includes representatives from scientific institutions in various countries around the world – Sweden, France, Norway, Denmark, the USA, Canada, Finland, Turkey, Austria and elsewhere, giving the opportunity to disseminate research results more widely.