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Spatially‑integrated estimates of net ecosystem exchange and methane fluxes from Canadian peatlands. 2018. Webster, K.L.; Bhatti, J.S.; Thompson, D.K.; Nelson, S.A.; Shaw, C.H.; Bona, K.A.; Hayne, S.L.; Kurz, W.A. Carbon Balance and Management:

Year: 2018

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39360

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1186/s13021-018-0105-5

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Peatlands are an important component of Canada’s landscape, however there is little information on their national-scale net emissions of carbon dioxide [Net Ecosystem Exchange (NEE)] and methane (CH4). This study compiled results for peatland NEE and CH4 emissions from chamber and eddy covariance studies across Canada. The data were summarized by bog, poor fen and rich-intermediate fen categories for the seven major peatland containing terrestrial ecozones (Atlantic Maritime, Mixedwood Plains, Boreal Shield, Boreal Plains, Hudson Plains, Taiga Shield, Taiga Plains) that comprise > 96% of all peatlands nationally. Reports of multiple years of data from a single site were averaged and different microforms (e.g., hummock or hollow) within these peatland types were kept separate. A new peatlands map was created from forest composition and structure information that distinguishes bog from rich and poor fen. National Forest Inventory k-NN forest structure maps, bioclimatic variables (mean diurnal range and seasonality of temperatures) and ground surface slope were used to construct the new map. The Earth Observation for Sustainable Development map of wetlands was used to identify open peatlands with minor tree cover.