Inland water carbon dioxide emissions ‘underestimated’

Published in ERW, 2 August 2016

Estimates of CO2 emissions from inland waters could be underestimated, according to scientists who continuously studied the emissions from a US reservoir.

2 than previously thought, suggests that scientists had previously overlooked rises in emissions at night and from extratropical cyclones.

“The current CO2 emission rates from the global inland waters in the literature may be largely underestimated,” said Heping Liu of Washington State University, US. “Multiple year measurements are really needed to look at how much inter-annual variability in the climate or weather changes the emission rates.” […]

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