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Premium Methane emissions from contrasting urban freshwaters: Rates, drivers, and a whole‐city footprint
Herrero Ortega Sonia,
Romero GonzálezQuijano Clara,
Casper Peter,
Singer Gabriel A.,
Gessner Mark O.
Publication year2019
Publication title
global change biology
Resource typeJournals
Abstract Global urbanization trends impose major alterations on surface waters. This includes impacts on ecosystem functioning that can involve feedbacks on climate through changes in rates of greenhouse gas emissions. The combination of high nutrient supply and shallow depth typical of urban freshwaters is particularly conducive to high rates of methane (CH 4 ) production and emission, suggesting a potentially important role in the global CH 4 cycle. However, there is a lack of comprehensive flux data from diverse urban water bodies, of information on the underlying drivers, and of estimates for whole cities. Based on measurements over four seasons in a total of 32 water bodies in the city of Berlin, Germany, we calculate the total CH 4 emission from various types of surface waters of a large city in temperate climate at 2.6 ± 1.7 Gg CH 4 /year. The average total emission was 219 ± 490 mg CH 4  m −2  day −1 . Water chemical variables were surprisingly poor predictors of total CH 4 emissions, and proxies of productivity and oxygen conditions had low explanatory power as well, suggesting a complex combination of factors governing CH 4 fluxes from urban surface waters. However, small water bodies (area <1 ha) typically located in urban green spaces were identified as emission hotspots. These results help constrain assessments of CH 4 emissions from freshwaters in the world's growing cities, facilitating extrapolation of urban emissions to large areas, including at the global scale.
Subject(s)atmospheric sciences , biology , ecology , ecosystem , environmental engineering , environmental science , geography , geology , greenhouse gas , methane , physical geography , surface water , temperate climate , urbanization
SCImago Journal Rank4.146

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