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Sulfate deposition and temperature controls on methane emission and sulfur forms in peat

Gauci, Vincent; Fowler, David; Chapman, Stephen J.; Dise, Nancy B. 2005 Sulfate deposition and temperature controls on methane emission and sulfur forms in peat. Biogeochemistry, 71 (2). 141-162. 10.1007/s10533-004-9681-4

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Abstract/Summary

Natural wetlands are the single most important contributors of methane (CH4) to the atmosphere. Recent research has shown that the deposition of sulfate (SO2 4 ) can substantially reduce the emission of this radiatively important gas from wetlands. However, the influence of temperature in regulating the extent of this effect is unclear. Peatlands also constitute an important store of sulfur (S), so understanding the effect of S deposition on S dynamics within this store is important if we are to understand the interaction. The effect of enhanced SO2 4 deposition on CH4 fluxes and S pools were investigated in peatland monoliths under controlled environment conditions. This enabled a close examination of effects at the onset of experimentally enhanced SO2 4 deposition while examining temperature effects on the interaction. Experimentally enhanced S deposition at rates as small as 15 kg SO2 4 -S ha1 year1 suppressed CH4 emissions by 30%. There was no increased suppression at larger deposition rates of simulated acid rain. Temperature affected the suppressive effect of the simulated acid rain. At low temperatures (down to 5 8C), there was a greater proportional suppression than at higher temperatures (up to 20 8C). Evidence suggests that populations of SO2 4 -reducing bacteria do not respond, as previously thought, to enhanced SO2 4 supply with a ‘boom’ followed by a ‘bust’ and less recalcitrant S pools (SO2 4 and S8) were depleted in the SO2 4 -treated peat, indicating enhanced S turnover. A significant proportion of the SO2 4 from the treatment was taken up and stored as SO2 4 in vascular plants, placing this mechanism as a potentially important seasonal regulator of peatland SO2 4 availability

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/s10533-004-9681-4
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biogeochemistry > BG01 Measuring and modelling trace gas, aerosol and carbon
CEH Sections: Billett (to November 2013)
_ Atmospheric Sciences
ISSN: 0168-2563
Additional Keywords: Acid rain, Climate, Methane, Peat, Sulfate, Wetland
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 01 Aug 2008 14:51
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/3616

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