Title: The ability of atmospheric data to resolve discrepancies in wetland methane estimates over North America
Authors: MILLER Scot M.ANDREWS ArlynBENMERGUI J.COMMANE R.DLUGOKENCKY E.JANSSENS-MAENHOUT GreetMELTON J.r.MICHALAK Anna M.SWEENEY ColmWORTHY D.e.j.
Citation: BIOGEOSCIENCES vol. 12 p. 9341–9368
Publisher: COPERNICUS GESELLSCHAFT MBH
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC96084
ISSN: 1726-4170
URI: www.biogeosciences-discuss.net/12/9341/2015/
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC96084
DOI: 10.5194/bgd-12-9341-2015
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Existing estimates of methane fluxes from North American wetlands vary widely in both magnitude and distribution. In light of these disagreements, this study uses atmospheric methane observations from the US and Canada to analyze seven different bottom-up, wetland methane estimates reported in a recent model comparison project. We first use synthetic data to explore how well atmospheric observations can constrain wetland fluxes. We find that observation sites can identify an atmospheric pattern from Canadian wetlands but not reliably from US wetlands. The network can also identify the spatial distribution of fluxes in Canada at multi-province spatial scales. Based upon these results, we then use real data to evaluate the magnitude, temporal distribution, and spatial distribution of each model estimate. Most models overestimate the magnitude of fluxes across Canada. Most predict a seasonality that is too narrow, potentially indicating an over-sensitivity to air or soil temperatures. In addition, the LPJ-Bern and SDGVM models have a spatial distribution that is most consistent with atmospheric observations, depending upon the season and region. Unlike most models, LPJ-Bern and SDGVM utilize land cover maps, not just remote sensing inundation data, to estimate wetland coverage. A flux model with a constant spatial distribution outperforms all other existing flux estimates across Canada.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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