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Monitoring the multi year carbon balance of a subarctic palsa mire with micrometeorological techniques
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geological Sciences.
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2012 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, Vol. 41, 207-217 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article reports a dataset on 8 years of monitoring carbon fluxes in a subarctic palsa mire based on micrometeorological eddy covariance measurements. The mire is a complex with wet minerotrophic areas and elevated dry palsa as well as intermediate sub-ecosystems. The measurements document primarily the emission originating from the wet parts of the mire dominated by a rather homogenous cover of Eriophorum angustifolium. The CO2/CH4 flux measurements performed during the years 2001-2008 showed that the areas represented in the measurements were a relatively stable sink of carbon with an average annual rate of uptake amounting to on average -46 g C m(-2) y(-1) including an equally stable loss through CH4 emissions (18-22 g CH4-C m(-2) y(-1)). This consistent carbon sink combined with substantial CH4 emissions is most likely what is to be expected as the permafrost under palsa mires degrades in response to climate warming.

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2012. Vol. 41, 207-217 p.
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Carbon cycling, Subarctic mire, Permafrost, Land-atmosphere exchange, Climate change
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81716DOI: 10.1007/s13280-012-0302-5ISI: 000307285200005OAI: diva2:563770


Available from: 2012-10-31 Created: 2012-10-30 Last updated: 2012-10-31Bibliographically approved

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