Articles | Volume 12, issue 23
Biogeosciences, 12, 7057–7070, 2015
Biogeosciences, 12, 7057–7070, 2015

Research article 07 Dec 2015

Research article | 07 Dec 2015

Carbon dynamics in boreal peatlands of the Yenisey region, western Siberia

E. D. Schulze et al.


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ED: Publish as is (26 Oct 2015) by Yakov Kuzyakov
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (10 Nov 2015) by Yakov Kuzyakov
AR by E.-D. Schulze on behalf of the Authors (16 Nov 2015)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (18 Nov 2015) by Yakov Kuzyakov
Short summary
At the eastern border of the West Siberian Plain, south of permafrost, peat started to accumulate 15000 years ago. Peat accumulated as fen peat at a constant rate of 0.2 mm yr-1 and 0.01 kgC m-2 yr-1. Over the last 2000 years, the bogs have changed into Sphagnum mires, accumulating about 0.1 kgC m-2 yr-1 until the present. The high accumulation rate of peat in unfrozen mires indicates that thawing of permafrost peat may change northern peatlands into long-lasting carbon sinks.
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