NCEAS Project 6500

Integrating the aquatic with the terrestrial component of the global carbon budget

  • Jonathan J. Cole
  • Carlos M. Duarte
  • Yves T. Prairie

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group18th—24th September 2003Participant List  
Working Group13th—18th March 2004Participant List  
Working Group4th—9th December 2004Participant List  
Working Group21st—26th October 2005Participant List  

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Abstract
The traditional compartmentalized approaches to developing inventories of carbons pools and fluxes in the biosphere have generated gaps in the form of key components. Among these key components, freshwater and wetland ecosystems, have been largely ignored or assumed negligible. Recent literature suggests that freshwater ecosystems contribute significantly to some regional carbon balances. We hypothesize, based on a preliminary assessment of the easily available data, that these key components are critical for a reliable estimation of carbon movements at a global scale as well. While the oceans and terrestrial forests are responsible for the net uptake of atmospheric CO2, freshwater ecosystems process a large amount of terrestrially-derived primary production and alter the balance between C sequestration and net CO2 release. This project aims at synthesizing existing information on the linkage between terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems to yield an improved representation of carbon cycling.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Balmer, Michelle B.; Downing, John A. 2011. Carbon dioxide concentrations in eutrophic lakes: Undersaturation implies atmospheric uptake. Inland Waters. Vol: 1. Pages 125-132.
Journal Article Bastviken, David; Cole, Jonathan J.; Pace, Michael L.; Tranvik, Lars J. 2004. Methane emissions from lakes: Dependence of lake characteristics, two regional assessments, and a global estimate. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Vol: 18. Pages doi:10.1029/2004GB002238.
Journal Article Bastviken, David; Tranvik, Lars J.; Downing, John A.; Crill, Patrick; Enrich-Prast, Alex. 2011. Freshwater methane emissions offset the continental carbon sink. Science. Vol: 331. Pages 50.
Presentations Bastviken, David; Cole, Jonathan J.; Pace, Michael L.; Tranvik, Lars J. Methane emissions from lakes: Dependence of lake characteristics, two regional assessments and a global estimate. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Presentations Caraco, Nina; Cole, Jonathan J.; Raymond, Peter A.; Bauer, J E. 2005. Organic matter inputs and metabolism in a large river estuary (the Hudson): Insights from natural abundance isotopes and whole system metabolism. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography 2005. Salt Lake City Utah.
Presentations Cole, Jonathan J.; Caraco, Nina. 2003. The multiple roles of freshwater ecosystems in the carbon balance. Brazilian Limnological Society Congress, July 2003. Juiz de Fora, Brazil.
Presentations Cole, Jonathan J. 2003. The multiple roles of terrestrial organic carbon in aquatic ecosystems, November 2003. University of Connecticut. Avery Point, Connecticut.
Presentations Cole, Jonathan J. 2005. How terrestrial organic matter is processed in aquatic ecosystems: From the big picture to the detailed models. Marine Biological Lab Distinguished Seminar Series 2005. Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Presentations Cole, Jonathan J. 2005. Why is there so much carbon in fresh waters?. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography 2005. Santiago de Compstella, Spain.
Presentations Cole, Jonathan J. 2006. Do inland waters matter in the regional or global C balance. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography 2006. Victoria, Canada.
Presentations Cole, Jonathan J. 2007. Do inland waters matter to the large-scale terrestrial carbon balance: A global perspective. Invited Plenary Talk 2007. Abisko, Sweden.
Journal Article Cole, Jonathan J.; Prairie, Yves T.; Caraco, Nina; McDowell, William H.; Tranvik, Lars J.; Striegl, Robert G.; Duarte, Carlos M.; Kortelainen, Pirkko; Downing, John A.; Middelburg, Jack J.; Melack, John M. 2007. Plumbing the global carbon cycle: Integrating inland waters into the terrestrial carbon budget. Ecosystems. Vol: 10. Pages 171-184.
Presentations Cole, Jonathan J. 2007. Terrestrial subsidies of aquatic metabolism and food webs. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography 2007. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Presentations Cole, Jonathan J. 2007. The fates of terrestriaal carbon in aquatic ecosystems: Do trees subsidize the aquatic food web. Utah State University 2007. Logan, Utah.
Book Cole, Jonathan J. 2013. Freshwater ecosystems and the carbon cycle.. Edited by Kinne O Excellence in ecology. Book 18. International Ecology Institute. Oldendorf/Luhe. Pages 146.
Presentations Downing, John A.; Prairie, Yves T.; Cole, Jonathan J.; Duarte, Carlos M.; Tranvik, Lars J.; Striegl, Robert G.; McDowell, William H.; Kortelainen, Pirkko; Middelburg, Jack J.; Melack, John M. 2005. The global size distribution and abundance of lakes, ponds, and impoundments. ASLO Summer Meeting, June 2005. Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Presentations Downing, John A.; Middelburg, Jack J.; Cole, Jonathan J.; Duarte, Carlos M.; Kortelainen, Pirkko; Prairie, Yves T.; Laube, K. A. 2006. Global carbon burial in agricultural impoundments . American Association of Limnology and Oceanography 2006. VIctoria B. C., Canada.
Journal Article Downing, John A.; Prairie, Yves T.; Cole, Jonathan J.; Duarte, Carlos M.; Tranvik, Lars J.; Striegl, Robert G.; McDowell, William H.; Kortelainen, Pirkko; Caraco, Nina; Melack, John M.; Middelburg, Jack J. 2006. The global abundance and size distribution of lakes, ponds, and impoundments. Limnology and Oceanography. Vol: 51(5). Pages 2388-2397.
Presentations Downing, John A. 2007. Global limnology: Up-scaling aquatic services and processes to the planet Earth. SIL Plenary 2007. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Journal Article Downing, John A.; Cole, Jonathan J.; Middelburg, Jack J.; Striegl, Robert G.; Duarte, Carlos M.; Kortelainen, Pirkko; Prairie, Yves T.; Laube, K. A. 2008. Sediment organic carbon burial in agriculturally eutrophic impoundments over the last century. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Vol: 22. Pages GB1018.
Book Chapter Downing, John A. 2009. Abundance and size distribution of lakes, ponds, and impoundments. Edited by Likens, G.E. Encyclopedia of Inland Waters. Elsevier.
Journal Article Downing, John A.; Cole, Jonathan J.; Duarte, Carlos M.; Middelburg, Jack J.; Melack, John M.; Prairie, Yves T.; Kortelainen, Pirkko; Striegl, Robert G.; McDowell, William H.; Tranvik, Lars J. 2012. Global abundance and size distribution of streams and rivers. Inland Waters. Vol: 2(4). Pages 229-236.
Journal Article Duarte, Carlos M.; Middelburg, Jack J.; Caraco, Nina. 2004. Major role of marine vegetation on the oceanic carbon cycle. Biogeosciences . Vol: 1. Pages 659-679.
Presentations Duarte, Carlos M. 2004. Major role of marine vegetation on the oceanic carbon cycle, 30 September 2004. McGill University. Montreal, Canada.
Journal Article Duarte, Carlos M.; Prairie, Yves T. 2005. Prevalence of heterotrophy and atmospheric CO2 emissions from aquatic ecosystems. Ecosystems. Vol: 8. Pages 862-870.
Presentations Duarte, Carlos M. 2006. Integrating the terrestrial and aquatic carbon budgets. Congresso dell' Asoziacione Italiana di Oceanologia i Limnologia 2006. Napoly, Italy. (Abstract)
Journal Article Duarte, Carlos M.; Prairie, Yves T.; Montes, Carlos; Cole, Jonathan J.; Striegl, Robert G.; Melack, John M.; Downing, John A. 2008. CO2 emissions from saline lakes: A global estimate of a surprisingly large flux. Journal of Geophysical Research. Vol: 113. Pages 1-7. (Online version)
Journal Article Heathcote, Adam J.; Downing, John A. 2012. Impacts of eutrophication on carbon burial in freshwater lakes in an intensively agricultural landscape. Ecosystems. Vol: 15(1). Pages 60-70. (Online version)
Presentations Kemenes, A.; Belger, L.; Forsberg, Bruce R.; Melack, John M. 2006. Methane emissions from northern Amazon savanna wetlands and Balbina Reservoir. AGU Fall Meeting 2006. San Francisco, California.
Presentations Kortelainen, Pirkko; Rantakari, M.; Huttunen, J. T.; Mattsson, T.; Alm, Jukka; Juutinen, S.; Larmola, T.; Silvola, J.; Martikainen, P. J. 2005. Sediment respiration and lake trophic state important predictors for the large CO2 evasion from small boreal lakes. ASLO Summer Meeting, June 2005. Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Journal Article Kortelainen, Pirkko; Rantakari, M.; Huttunen, J. T.; Mattsson, T.; Alm, Jukka; Juutinen, S.; Larmola, T.; Silvola, J.; Martikainen, P. J. 2006. Sediment respiration and lake trophic state are important predictors of large CO2 evasion from small boreal lakes. Global Change Biology. Vol: 12. Pages 1554-1567.
Presentations Kortelainen, Pirkko. 2007. Carbon fluxes from catchment to water and through a water-air interface. High Latitude Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems: Interactions and Response to Environmental Change. Workshop 2007. Abisko, Sweden.
Presentations Melack, John M.; Novo, E; Barbosa, C.; Silva, T.; Forsberg, Bruce R. 2006. Multi-scale analyses of inundation wetland vegetation and carbon dynamics in the floodplains of the Amazon basin. American Association of Limnology and Oceanography 2006. Victoria B. C., Canada.
Presentations Melack, John M.; Engle, D. 2007. Carbon and nitrogen biochemistry in tropical Amazon floodplains: A transial environment between terrestrial and aquatic systems. Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of America 2007. San Jose, California.
Presentations Melack, John M.; Engle, D. 2007. Carbon dynamics in Amazon floodplain lakes. 29th Congress of Societas Internationalis Limnologiae 2007. Montreal, Canada.
Presentations Prairie, Yves T. 2004. Integrating the aquatic and terrestrial carbon budget, December 2004. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. Santa Barbara, CA.
Presentations Prairie, Yves T. 2004. Le role des lacs dans le cycle du carbone: Du local au global, November 2004. Universite de Montreal, Canada.
Presentations Prairie, Yves T. 2005. Carbocentric limnology: Backward and forward looks. Annual Meeting of the Society of Canadian Limnologists, June 2005. Windsor, Canada.
Presentations Prairie, Yves T. 2005. Carbon and nutrient transport and processing in southern Quebec lakes, April 2005. Queen's University, Canada.
Presentations Prairie, Yves T. 2005. Carbon, iron and nutrient transport and processing in southern Quebec lakes, January 2005. Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Millbrook, NY.
Presentations Prairie, Yves T. 2005. Le role des lacs dans le cycle du carbone: Du local au global, February 2005. Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, Canada.
Presentations Prairie, Yves T. 2005. L'inextricable lien entre l'eau et la terre: Un histoire de carbone, January 2005. Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Canada. Montreal, Canada.
Presentations Prairie, Yves T.; Duarte, Carlos M.; Cole, Jonathan J.; Montes, Carlos; Striegl, Robert G.; Melack, John M.; Downing, John A. 2005. The global contribution of saline lakes to carbon evasion to the atmosphere. ASLO Summer Meeting, June 2005. Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Journal Article Prairie, Yves T.; Duarte, Carlos M. 2007. Direct and indirect metabolic CO2 release by humanity. Biogeosciences. Vol: 4. Pages 215-217.
Journal Article Prairie, Yves T. 2008. Carbocentric limnology: Looking back, looking forward. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Vol: 65. Pages 1-6.
Journal Article Sobek, Sebastian; Tranvik, Lars J.; Cole, Jonathan J. 2005. Temperature independence of carbon dioxide supersaturation in global lakes. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Vol: 19(2). Pages GB2003.
Journal Article Sobek, Sebastian; Tranvik, Lars J.; Prairie, Yves T.; Kortelainen, Pirkko; Cole, Jonathan J. 2007. Patterns and regulation of dissolved organic carbon: An analysis of 7,500 widely distributed lakes. Limnology and Oceanography. Vol: 52 (3). Pages 1208-1219.
Presentations Sobek, Sebastian; Cole, Jonathan J.; Tranvik, Lars J. Patterns and regulation of pCO2 and DOC concentration in global lakes. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Journal Article Stets, Edward G.; Striegl, Robert G. 2012. Carbon export by rivers draining the conterminous United States. Inland Waters. Vol: 2. Pages 177-184.
Presentations Striegl, Robert G.; Aiken, George R.; Dornblaser, M. M.; Eberl, D. D.; Wickland, Kimberly P. 2005. Carbon biochemistry and transport in the Yukon River. ASLO Aquatic Science Meeting 2005. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Presentations Striegl, Robert G.; Aiken, George R. 2005. Climate warmin impacts on carbon export by the Yukon River. ASLO Summer Meeting 2005. Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Presentations Striegl, Robert G.; Dornblaser, M. M.; Aiken, George R.; Walvoord, M. 2006. Carbon and nitrogen export and yield from the Yukon River basin. Eos Transaction AGU 2006. San Francisco, California.
Presentations Striegl, Robert G.; Walvoord, M. 2006. Climate warming changing hydrology and carbon export from the Yukon River basin . ASLO Summer Meeting 2006. Victoria B. C., Canada.
Presentations Striegl, Robert G.; Walvoord, M. 2006. Groundwater climate change and dissolves organic material export by subarctic and arctic rivers. International Confrence on Hydrology and Ecology: the Groundwater/Ecology connection 2006. Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.
Presentations Striegl, Robert G.; Walvoord, M.; Aiken, George R.; Wickland, Kimberly P. 2007. Effects of permafrost thaw on hydrology and C and N export on the Yukon River basin. Eos Transaction AGU 2007. San Francisco, California.
Presentations Striegl, Robert G. 2007. Lotic carbon gas exchange in the Yukon River basin. ASLO Aquatic Science Meeting 2007. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Presentations Striegl, Robert G. 2007. Plumbing the carbon cycle: The role of inland waters in carbon sequestration, exchange and export. USGS National Headquarters 2007. Reston, Verginia.
Presentations Striegl, Robert G. 2007. Plumbing the carbon cycle: The role of inland waters in carbon sequestration, exchange and export. USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center and University of Wisconsin 2007. Madison Wisconsin.
Presentations Striegl, Robert G. 2007. Plumbing the carbon cycle: The role of inland waters in carbon sequestration, exchange and export. USGS Maryland Water Science Center and University of Maryland at Baltimore 2007. Baltimore, Maryland.
Presentations Striegl, Robert G. 2007. Plumbing the carbon cycle: The role of inland waters in carbon sequestration, exchange and export. USGS Kansas Water Science Center and University of Kansas 2007. Lawrence, Kansas.
Presentations Striegl, Robert G. 2007. Plumbing the carbon cycle: The role of inland waters in carbon sequestration, exchange and export. USGS Utah Water Science Center and University of Utah 2007. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Presentations Striegl, Robert G. 2008. Plumbing the carbon cycle: The role of inland waters in carbon sequestration, exchange and export. University of Colorado 2008. Boulder, Colorado.
Journal Article Striegl, Robert G.; Dornblaser, M. M.; McDonald, C. P.; Rover, J. R.; Stets, Edward G. 2012. Carbon dioxide and methane emissions from the Yukon River system. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Vol: 26. Pages 1-11. (Online version)
Presentations Tranvik, Lars J. 2004. Preservation or degredation of organic carbon-where in the watershed and why?. International Workshop: Dissolved Organic Matter and the Cycling of Carbon, Nutrients and Metals, October 2004. Schloss Thurnau, Germany.
Presentations Tranvik, Lars J. 2005. Terrestrial dissolved organic matter - a huge but not limited subsidy to aquatic ecosystems. ASLO Summer Meeting, June 2005. Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Journal Article Tranvik, Lars J.; Downing, John A.; Cotner, James B.; Loiselle, Steven A.; Striegl, Robert G.; Ballatore, Thomas J.; Dillon, Peter; Finlay, Kerri; Fortino, Kenneth; Knoll, Lesley B.; Kortelainen, Pirkko; Kutser, Tiit; Larsen, Soren; Laurion, Isabelle; Leech, Dina M.; McCallister, S. Leigh; McKnight, Diane M.; Melack, John M.; Overholt, Erin; Porter, Jason A.; Prairie, Yves T.; Renwick, William H.; Roland, Fabio; Sherman, Bradford S.; Schindler, David W.; Sobek, Sebastian; Tremblay, Alain; Vanni, Michael J.; Verschoor, Antonie M.; von Wachenfeldt, Eddie; Weyhenmeyer, Gesa A. 2009. Lakes and reservoirs as regulators of carbon cycling and climate. Limnology and Oceanography. Vol: 54(6). Pages 2298-2314. (Online version)
Presentations Walvoord, M.; Striegl, Robert G. 2006. Increased grounwater contribution to stream flow in the Yukon River basin in response to climate warming and potentioal impacts on carbon and nitrogen export. Eos Transaction AGU 2006. San Francisco, California.
Journal Article Wickland, Kimberly P.; Aiken, George R.; Butler, K.; Dornblaser, M. M.; Spencer, R. G.M.; Striegl, Robert G. 2012. Biodegradability of dissolved organic carbon in the Yukon River and its tributaries: Seasonality and importance of inorganic nitrogen. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Vol: 26. Pages 1-14. (Online version)