Articles | Volume 12, issue 8
Biogeosciences, 12, 2431–2453, 2015
Biogeosciences, 12, 2431–2453, 2015

Research article 24 Apr 2015

Research article | 24 Apr 2015

Dynamics of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O) along the Zambezi River and major tributaries, and their importance in the riverine carbon budget

C. R. Teodoru et al.


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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (02 Apr 2015) by Tom J. Battin
Short summary
CO2 and CH4 concentrations and fluxes in the Zambezi River basin are well below the median/average values reported previously for tropical rivers, streams and reservoirs, and mainly controlled by the connectivity with floodplains and the presence of waterfalls and man-made reservoirs. The mass balance suggests that carbon transport to the ocean represents the major component (~60%) of the budget, while emissions to the atmosphere account for less than 40% of the total carbon yield.
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