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East Siberian Arctic inland waters emit mostly contemporary carbon
Dean, Joshua F.; Meisel, Ove H.; Martyn Rosco, Mélanie et al.
2020In Nature Communications, 11 (2020), p. 1-10
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Keywords :
methane; CH4; CO2; N2O; river; lake
Abstract :
[en] Inland waters (rivers, lakes and ponds) are important conduits for the emission of terrestrial carbon in Arctic permafrost landscapes. These emissions are driven by turnover of contemporary terrestrial carbon and additional pre-aged (Holocene and late-Pleistocene) carbon released from thawing permafrost soils, but the magnitude of these source contributions to total inland water carbon fluxes remains unknown. Here we present unique simultaneous radiocarbon age measurements of inland water CO2, CH4 and dissolved and particulate organic carbon in northeast Siberia during summer. We show that >80% of total inland water carbon was contemporary in age, but pre-aged carbon contributed >50% at sites strongly affected by permafrost thaw. CO2 and CH4 were younger than dissolved and particulate organic carbon, suggesting emissions were primarily fuelled by contemporary carbon decomposition. Our findings reveal that inland water carbon emissions from permafrost landscapes may be more sensitive to changes in contemporary carbon turnover than the release of pre-aged carbon from thawing permafrost.
Research center :
FOCUS - Freshwater and OCeanic science Unit of reSearch - ULiège
Disciplines :
Aquatic sciences & oceanology
Author, co-author :
Dean, Joshua F.;  Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Meisel, Ove H.;  Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Martyn Rosco, Mélanie
Marchesini, Luca Belelli
Garnett, Mark H.
Lenderink, Henk
van Logtestijn, Richardus
Borges, Alberto  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Chemical Oceanography Unit (AGO)
Bouillon, Steven
Lambert, Thibault
Röckmann, Thomas
Maximov, Trofim
Petrov, Roman
Karsanaev, Sergei
Aerts, Rien
van Huissteden, Jacobus
Vonk, Jorien
Dolman, A. Johannes
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Title :
East Siberian Arctic inland waters emit mostly contemporary carbon
Publication date :
02 April 2020
Journal title :
Nature Communications
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Nature Publishing Group, United Kingdom
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Funders :
F.R.S.-FNRS - Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique


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