An Atlantic blanket bog is a modest CO2 sink

Matteo Sottocornola, Ger Kiely

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Northern peatlands contain 1/3 of the world's soil carbon pool. Blanket bogs are peatlands that occur in maritime regions where precipitation is much greater than evapotranspiration. The role of blanket bogs in C dynamics has not been quantified. We describe an investigation of CO2 fluxes using an eddy covariance (EC) system in a pristine Atlantic blanket bog in Ireland during 2003 and 2004. This is the first multiyear study using EC techniques in a blanket bog. We found that the bog ecosystem was a CO2 sink for five months in each year. The annual CO2 flux had a sink magnitude of -49 (2003) and -61 g C m-2 (2004). These magnitudes are similar to boreal raised bogs, while higher values have been reported for boreal fens and lower for subarctic fens. Copyrigbt 2005 by the American Geophysical Union.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberL23804
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


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