Articles | Volume 13, issue 7
Biogeosciences, 13, 2003–2010, 2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 2003–2010, 2016

Ideas and perspectives 06 Apr 2016

Ideas and perspectives | 06 Apr 2016

Ideas and perspectives: Holocene thermokarst sediments of the Yedoma permafrost region do not increase the northern peatland carbon pool

Gustaf Hugelius et al.

Data sets

Global Land Cover Map for 2009 (GlobCover 2009) Arino, O., Ramos Perez, J. J., Kalogirou, V., Bontemps, S., Defourny, P., and Van Bogaert, E.

A new data set for estimating organic carbon storage to 3 m depth in soils of the northern circumpolar permafrost region Hugelius, G., Bockheim, J. G., Camill, P., Elberling, B., Grosse, G., Harden, J. W., Johnson, K., Jorgenson, T., Koven, C. D., Kuhry, P., Michaelson, G., Mishra, U., Palmtag, J., Ping, C.-L., O'Donnell, J., Schirrmeister, L., Schuur, E. A. G., Sheng, Y., Smith, L. C., Strauss, J., and Yu, Z.:

The Northern Circumpolar Soil Carbon Database Hugelius, G., Tarnocai, C., Broll, G., Canadell, J. G., Kuhry, P., and Swanson, D. K.

Global Land Cover 2000, Eurasia Bartalev, S., Erchov, D., Isaev, A., and Belward, A.

Global Lakes and Wetlands Database Lehner, B. and Döll, P.

Land Resources of Russia Stolbovoi, V. and McCallum, I.

Short summary
We investigate the properties of soils and sediments in a particular and ancient Siberian permafrost landscape. We critically examine statements from a recent study that specific permafrost landforms affected by thawed permafrost (alases) in this region contain very large quantities of peat that previous studies had failed to include because of data set biases. We conclude that there is no evidence to suggest biases in existing data sets or that alas deposits increase the northern peatland pool.
Final-revised paper