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Large CO2 disequilibria in tropical lakes
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Limnology.
2009 (English)In: Global Biogeochemical Cycles, ISSN 0886-6236, Vol. 23Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

On the basis of a broad compilation of data on pCO(2) in surface waters, we show tropical lakes to be, on average, far more supersaturated and variable in CO2 (geometric mean +/- SE pCO(2) = 1804 +/- 35 mu atm) than temperate lakes (1070 +/- 6 mu atm). There was a significant negative relationship between pCO(2) and latitude, resulting in an average decrease of pCO(2) by 2.8 +/- 0.5% per degree latitude. In addition, we found a general positive relationship between pCO(2) and water temperature across lakes involving an average increase (+/-SE) in 6.7 +/- 0.8% per degrees C. A conservative annual efflux from global lakes to the atmosphere was reestimated to 0.44 Gt C. Our results show tropical lakes maintain large CO2 disequilibria with the atmosphere, playing a disproportionate and variable role in the flux of CO between lakes and the atmosphere, thereby being a significant component of the global C cycle.

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2009. Vol. 23
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-187352OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-187352DiVA: diva2:574728

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Available from: 2012-12-06 Created: 2012-12-05 Last updated: 2012-12-06

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