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Is the subarctic landscape still a carbon sink? Evidence from a detailed catchment balance

Lundin, Erik J.; Klaminder, Jonatan; Giesler, Reiner; Persson, Andreas LU ; Olefeldt, David; Heliasz, Michal LU ; Christensen, Torben R. LU and Karlsson, Jan (2016) In Geophysical Research Letters 43(5). p.1988-1995
Abstract

Climate warming raises the question whether high-latitude landscape still function as net carbon (C) sinks. By compiling an integrated C balance for an intensely studied subarctic catchment, we show that this catchment's C balance is not likely to be a strong current sink of C, a commonly held assumption. In fact, it is more plausible (71% probability) that the studied catchment functions as a C source (-11 ± 20 g C m-2 yr-1). Analyses of individual fluxes indicate that soil and aquatic C losses offset C sequestering in other landscape components (e.g., peatlands and aboveground forest biomass). Our results stress the importance of fully integrated catchment C balance estimates and highlight the importance of... (More)

Climate warming raises the question whether high-latitude landscape still function as net carbon (C) sinks. By compiling an integrated C balance for an intensely studied subarctic catchment, we show that this catchment's C balance is not likely to be a strong current sink of C, a commonly held assumption. In fact, it is more plausible (71% probability) that the studied catchment functions as a C source (-11 ± 20 g C m-2 yr-1). Analyses of individual fluxes indicate that soil and aquatic C losses offset C sequestering in other landscape components (e.g., peatlands and aboveground forest biomass). Our results stress the importance of fully integrated catchment C balance estimates and highlight the importance of upland soils and their interaction with the aquatic network for the catchment C balance.

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aquatic ecosystems, carbon balance, sink, source, subarctic, terrestrial ecosystems
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43
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8 pages
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American Geophysical Union
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10.1002/2015GL066970
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  author       = {Lundin, Erik J. and Klaminder, Jonatan and Giesler, Reiner and Persson, Andreas and Olefeldt, David and Heliasz, Michal and Christensen, Torben R. and Karlsson, Jan},
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  keyword      = {aquatic ecosystems,carbon balance,sink,source,subarctic,terrestrial ecosystems},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {03},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {1988--1995},
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  series       = {Geophysical Research Letters},
  title        = {Is the subarctic landscape still a carbon sink? Evidence from a detailed catchment balance},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2015GL066970},
  volume       = {43},
  year         = {2016},
}