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Christensen, T.R., Scheller, J., Scheel, M. et al. Rapid shift in greenhouse forcing of emerging arctic peatlands. Sci Rep 13, 2828 (2023).

Rapid shift in greenhouse forcing of emerging arctic peatlands

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Author: Christensen, Torben R.1,2; Scheller, Johan1; Scheel, Maria1;
Organizations: 1Department of Ecoscience, Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark
2Oulanka Research Station, Oulu University, Kuusamo, Finland
3Greenland Institute for Natural Resources, Nuuk, Greenland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-08-10


In this study, we hypothesised that the actual development stage (i.e., current age of the ecosystem) is a determining factor for the magnitude of methane production and emissions in young, northern high-latitude peatlands. We demonstrate that the earliest development of peat soil imposes a sink-to-source shift in the greenhouse warming potential of emerging peatlands in response to climate change that holds feedback mechanisms of importance for short-term (< 100 years) climate warming.

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Series: Scientific reports
ISSN: 2045-2322
ISSN-E: 2045-2322
ISSN-L: 2045-2322
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
Article number: 2828
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-29859-4
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
Funding: This study was funded by the Danish Energy Agency and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency through the Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring Program. The study was also supported by the Greenland Research Council.
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