Lakes and reservoirs as regulators of carbon cycling and climate

  title={Lakes and reservoirs as regulators of carbon cycling and climate},
  author={Lars J. Tranvik and John A. Downing and James B. Cotner and Steven Arthur Loiselle and Robert G. Striegl and Thomas J. Ballatore and Peter Dillon and Kerri Finlay and Kenneth Fortino and Lesley B. Knoll and Pirkko Kortelainen and Tiit Kutser and S. H. H. Larsen and Isabelle Laurion and Dina M. Leech and S Leigh McCallister and Diane M. McKnight and John M. Melack and Erin P. Overholt and Jason A. Porter and Yves T. Prairie and William H. Renwick and F{\'a}bio Roland and Bradford Sherman and David W. Schindler and Sebastian Sobek and Alain Tremblay and Michael J. Vanni and Antonie Martinus Verschoor and Eddie von Wachenfeldt and Gesa A. Weyhenmeyer},
  journal={Limnology and Oceanography},
We explore the role of lakes in carbon cycling and global climate, examine the mechanisms influencing carbon pools and transformations in lakes, and discuss how the metabolism of carbon in the inland waters is likely to change in response to climate. Furthermore, we project changes as global climate change in the abundance and spatial distribution of lakes in the biosphere, and we revise the estimate for the global extent of carbon transformation in inland waters. This synthesis demonstrates… 

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