Article

Supersaturation and evasion of CO2 and CH4 in surface waters at Mer Bleue peatland, Canada

Citation

Billett M & Moore TR (2008) Supersaturation and evasion of CO2 and CH4 in surface waters at Mer Bleue peatland, Canada. Hydrological Processes, 22 (12), pp. 2044-2054. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.6805

Abstract
Carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) concentrations and evasion rates were measured in surface waters draining Mer Bleue peatland (Ontario, Canada) between spring and autumn 2005. All sites exhibit a consistent pattern of supersaturation throughout the year, which is broadly related to hydrological and temperature changes between spring snowmelt and autumn freezing. Both measurements and estimates of CO2 and CH4 evasion from open water to the atmosphere suggest that parts of the catchment (including beaver dams) are significant degassing hot spots. We present data showing how vertical gaseous carbon fluxes compare with lateral carbon fluxes and make an initial estimate of the importance to the overall carbon budget of CO2 and CH4 evasion to the atmosphere from water surfaces at Mer Bleue.

Keywords
peatland; evasion; carbon dioxide; methane; supersaturation; DOC

Journal
Hydrological Processes: Volume 22, Issue 12

StatusPublished
Publication date15/06/2008
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN0885-6087