MAGIC (the Model of Acidification of Groundwater In Catchments) has been widely applied on catchments all over the world. The model has been used with annual time resolution to simulate the long-term effects of acidic deposition on surface water chemistry. Here MAGIC was applied using a monthly time step. The purpose was to simulate observed seasonal nitrate (NO3) concentrations and fluxes at an upland heathland catchment in southwestern Norway during the period 1993–2004. The rates of the key ecosystem nitrogen (N) processes (mineralization, plant uptake, litterfall and immobilization) were assumed to be governed by temperature. A snow accumulation and melt routine was used. The rates were calibrated to obtain the best match between the observed and simulated NO3 patterns. The best fit was obtained with standard yearly cycles for deposition and N parameters. The results show that MAGIC can explain 68 and 88% of the variation in seasonal NO3 concentrations and fluxes, respectively. The calibrated model provides a tool for exploring the effects of future scenarios of climate change and N deposition on NO3 in streamwater.

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