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Temperature-controlled organic carbon mineralization in lake sediments

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, July 2010
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Temperature-controlled organic carbon mineralization in lake sediments
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Nature, July 2010
DOI 10.1038/nature09186
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Cristian Gudasz, David Bastviken, Kristin Steger, Katrin Premke, Sebastian Sobek, Lars J. Tranvik


Peatlands, soils and the ocean floor are well-recognized as sites of organic carbon accumulation and represent important global carbon sinks. Although the annual burial of organic carbon in lakes and reservoirs exceeds that of ocean sediments, these inland waters are components of the global carbon cycle that receive only limited attention. Of the organic carbon that is being deposited onto the sediments, a certain proportion will be mineralized and the remainder will be buried over geological timescales. Here we assess the relationship between sediment organic carbon mineralization and temperature in a cross-system survey of boreal lakes in Sweden, and with input from a compilation of published data from a wide range of lakes that differ with respect to climate, productivity and organic carbon source. We find that the mineralization of organic carbon in lake sediments exhibits a strongly positive relationship with temperature, which suggests that warmer water temperatures lead to more mineralization and less organic carbon burial. Assuming that future organic carbon delivery to the lake sediments will be similar to that under present-day conditions, we estimate that temperature increases following the latest scenarios presented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change could result in a 4-27 per cent (0.9-6.4 Tg C yr(-1)) decrease in annual organic carbon burial in boreal lakes.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 9 2%
Canada 6 1%
Germany 4 <1%
United Kingdom 3 <1%
Japan 2 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Spain 2 <1%
France 2 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Other 6 1%
Unknown 412 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 114 25%
Researcher 111 25%
Student > Master 68 15%
Professor > Associate Professor 25 6%
Student > Doctoral Student 23 5%
Other 108 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 160 36%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 112 25%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 102 23%
Unspecified 44 10%
Engineering 10 2%
Other 21 5%

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