Plumbing the Global Carbon Cycle: Integrating Inland Waters into the Terrestrial Carbon Budget

  title={Plumbing the Global Carbon Cycle: Integrating Inland Waters into the Terrestrial Carbon Budget},
  author={J. J. Cole and Y. Prairie and N. Caraco and W. McDowell and L. Tranvik and R. Striegl and C. Duarte and P. Kortelainen and J. Downing and J. Middelburg and J. Melack},
  • J. J. Cole, Y. Prairie, +8 authors J. Melack
  • Published 2006
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecosystems
  • A BSTRACTBecause freshwater covers such a small fraction of the Earth’s surface area, inland freshwater ecosystems (particularly lakes, rivers, and reservoirs) have rarely been considered as potentially important quantitative components of the carbon cycle at either global or regional scales. By taking published estimates of gas exchange, sediment accumulation, and carbon transport for a variety of aquatic systems, we have constructed a budget for the role of inland water ecosystems in the… CONTINUE READING
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