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Volume 19 (2017) Article 9
Using ‘snapshot’ measurements of CH4 ﬂuxes from an ombrotrophic peatland to estimate annual budgets: interpolation versus modelling
by S.M. Green and A.J. Baird
Published online: 21.03.2017
Flux-chamber measurements of greenhouse gas exchanges between the soil and the atmosphere represent a snapshot of the conditions on a particular site and need to be combined or used in some way to provide integrated fluxes for the longer time periods that are often of interest. In contrast to carbon dioxide (CO2), most studies that have estimated the time-integrated flux of CH4 on ombrotrophic peatlands have not used models. Typically, linear interpolation is used to estimate CH4 fluxes during the time periods between flux-chamber measurements. CH4 fluxes generally show a rise followed by a fall through the growing season that may be captured reasonably well by interpolation, provided there are sufficiently frequent measurements. However, day-to-day and week-to-week variability is also often evident in CH4 flux data, and will not necessarily be properly represented by interpolation. Using flux chamber data from a UK blanket peatland, we compared annualised CH4 fluxes estimated by interpolation with those estimated using linear models and found that the former tended to be higher than the latter. We consider the implications of these results for the calculation of the radiative forcing effect of ombrotrophic peatlands.
Green, S.M. & Baird, A.J. (2017): Using ‘snapshot’ measurements of CH4 ﬂuxes from an ombrotrophic peatland to estimate annual budgets: interpolation versus modelling. Mires and Peat, 19(9), 1-9. (Online: http://www.mires-and-peat.net/pages/volumes/map19/map1909.php); 10.19189/MaP.2016.OMB.254
IMCG and IPS acknowledge the work of the reviewers.