Northern Peatlands: Role in the Carbon Cycle and Probable Responses to Climatic Warming.

@article{Gorham1991NorthernPR,
  title={Northern Peatlands: Role in the Carbon Cycle and Probable Responses to Climatic Warming.},
  author={E. Gorham},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  year={1991},
  volume={1 2},
  pages={
          182-195
        }
}
  • E. Gorham
  • Published 1991
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America
Boreal and subarctic peatlands comprise a carbon pool of 455 Pg that has accumulated during the postglacial period at an average net rate of 0.096 Pg/yr (1 Pg = 1015 g). Using Clymo's (1984) model, the current rate is estimated at 0.076 Pg/yr. Longterm drainage of these peatlands is estimated to be causing the oxidation to CO2 of a little more than 0.0085 Pg/yr, with conbustion of fuel peat adding °0.026 Pg/yr. Emissions of CH4 are estimated to release ° 0.046 Pg of carbon annually… Expand
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