Klemme, Alexandra, Rixen, Tim, Müller-Dum, Denise, Müller, Moritz, Notholt, Justus and Warneke, Thorsten (2022) CO2 emissions from peat-draining rivers regulated by water pH. Biogeosciences, 19 (11). pp. 2855-2880. DOI https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2855-2022.

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Southeast Asian peatlands represent a globally significant carbon store that is destabilized by land-use changes like deforestation and the conversion into plantations, causing high carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from peat soils and increased leaching of peat carbon into rivers. While this high carbon leaching and consequentially high DOC concentrations suggest that CO2 emissions from peat-draining rivers would be high, estimates based on field data suggest they are only moderate. In this study, we offer an explanation for this phenomenon by showing that carbon decomposition is hampered by the low pH in peat-draining rivers. This limits CO2 production in and emissions from these rivers. We find an exponential pH limitation that shows good agreement with laboratory measurements from high-latitude peat soils. Additionally, our results suggest that enhanced input of carbonate minerals increases CO2 emissions from peat-draining rivers by counteracting the pH limitation. As such inputs of carbonate minerals can occur due to human activities like deforestation of river catchments, liming in plantations, and enhanced weathering application, our study points out an important feedback mechanism of those practices.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: PA2
Research affiliation: Biogeochemistry and Geology > Carbon and Nutrient Cycling
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2855-2022
ISSN: 1726-4189
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2022 15:32
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2024 13:31
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/4962

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