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Title (Primary) Cross-continental importance of CH4 emissions from dry inland-waters
Author Paranaíba, J.R.; Aben, R.; Barros, N.; Quadra, G.; Linkhorst, A.; Amado, A.M.; Brothers, S.; Catalán, N.; Condon, J.; Finlayson, C.M.; Grossart, H.-P.; Howitt, J.; Oliveira Junior, E.S.; Keller, P.S.; Koschorreck, M.; Laas, A.; Leigh, C.; Marcé, R.; Mendonça, R.; Muniz, C.C.; Obrador, B.; Onandia, G.; Raymundo, D.; Reverey, F.; Roland, F.; Rõõm, E.-I.; Sobek, S.; von Schiller, D.; Wang, H.; Kosten, S.;
Journal Science of the Total Environment
Year 2022
Department SEEFO;
Volume 814
Page From art. 151925
Language englisch;
Topic T5 Future Landscapes
Keywords Methane; Dry sediments; Aquatic ecosystems; Greenhouse gases

Despite substantial advances in quantifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from dry inland waters, existing estimates mainly consist of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. However, methane (CH4) may also be relevant due to its higher Global Warming Potential (GWP). We report CH4 emissions from dry inland water sediments to i) provide a cross-continental estimate of such emissions for different types of aquatic systems (i.e., lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and streams) and climate zones (i.e., tropical, continental, and temperate); and ii) determine the environmental factors that control these emissions. CH4 emissions from dry inland waters were consistently higher than emissions observed in adjacent uphill soils, across climate zones and in all aquatic systems except for streams. However, the CH4 contribution (normalized to CO2 equivalents; CO2-eq) to the total GHG emissions of dry inland waters was similar for all types of aquatic systems and varied from 10 to 21%. Although we discuss multiple controlling factors, dry inland water CH4 emissions were most strongly related to sediment organic matter content and moisture. Summing CO2 and CH4 emissions revealed a cross-continental average emission of 9.6 ± 17.4 g CO2-eq m−2 d−1 from dry inland waters. We argue that increasing droughts likely expand the worldwide surface area of atmosphere-exposed aquatic sediments, thereby increasing global dry inland water CH4 emissions. Hence, CH4 cannot be ignored if we want to fully understand the carbon (C) cycle of dry sediments.

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Paranaíba, J.R., Aben, R., Barros, N., Quadra, G., Linkhorst, A., Amado, A.M., Brothers, S., Catalán, N., Condon, J., Finlayson, C.M., Grossart, H.-P., Howitt, J., Oliveira Junior, E.S., Keller, P.S., Koschorreck, M., Laas, A., Leigh, C., Marcé, R., Mendonça, R., Muniz, C.C., Obrador, B., Onandia, G., Raymundo, D., Reverey, F., Roland, F., Rõõm, E.-I., Sobek, S., von Schiller, D., Wang, H., Kosten, S. (2022):
Cross-continental importance of CH4 emissions from dry inland-waters
Sci. Total Environ. 814 , art. 151925