Carbon Cycling in Northern Peatlands by Andrew J. Baird, Lisa R. Belyea Belyea, Xavier Comas, A. S.

By Andrew J. Baird, Lisa R. Belyea Belyea, Xavier Comas, A. S. Reeve, Lee D. Slater

Released via the yank Geophysical Union as a part of the Geophysical Monograph sequence, quantity 184.

Carbon biking in Northern Peatlands examines the position that northern peatlands play in regulating the atmospheric carbon price range. It summarizes present learn in 4 interconnected components: large-scale peatland dynamics and carbon biking; plant and microbial dynamics and their impact on carbon fluxes to the ambience; methane accumulation in, and loss from, peatlands; and water and dissolved carbon fluxes via peatlands. the quantity highlights include

  • A thorough evaluation of the demanding situations desirous about incorporating carbon biking in northern peatlands into international weather models;
  • A conceptual version to ascertain the partitioning of terminal carbon mineralization into construction of CO2 and CH4;
  • A complete overview of the facts for the buildup of methane in deep and shallow peat; and
  • A description of the hydrologic alterations precipitated via peat harvesting and linked demanding situations in restoring altered peatlands to their average hydrologic regime.

Carbon biking in Northern Peatlands might be of curiosity to analyze scientists and graduate and undergraduate scholars, really those that desire to understand extra concerning the function of peatlands within the worldwide carbon cycle and their position as modifiers of climate.

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This transition from less to more decomposed peat, with accompanying large changes in hydraulic properties, occurs over several tens of centimeters around the long-term average water table position. This characteristic, along with the balance and source of inputs and outputs of water, ultimately control structure and function of peatlands. The tight coupling of peat structure and function and peatland hydrology has led Belyea and Baird [2006] to suggest peatlands be considered complex adaptive systems, with important internal dynamic feedbacks governing their development and behavior.

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