Articles | Volume 13, issue 14
Biogeosciences, 13, 4151–4165, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4151-2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 4151–4165, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4151-2016

Research article 21 Jul 2016

Research article | 21 Jul 2016

Drivers of atmospheric methane uptake by montane forest soils in the southern Peruvian Andes

Sam P. Jones et al.

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Ground based measurements of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide taken from Villa Carmen (premontane forest) in the Peruvian Andes (2011-2013), Centre for Environmental Data Analysis Diem, T., Jones, S. P., Baggs, E., Smith, P., Meir, P., and Teh, Y. A. https://doi.org/10.5285/4ce0f850-2ee7-4129-9c2f-68829a569348

Ground based measurements of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide taken from San Pedro (lower montane forest) in the Peruvian Andes (2010-2013), Centre for Environmental Data Analysis Diem, T., Jones, S. P., Baggs, E., Smith, P., Meir, P., and Teh, Y. A. https://doi.org/10.5285/23949dcbf101-482c-b36b-b6c2b07a4df7

Ground based measurements of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide taken from Wayqecha (upper montane forest) in the Peruvian Andes (2010-2013), Centre for Environmental Data Analysis Diem, T., Jones, S. P., Baggs, E., Smith, P., Meir, P., and Teh, Y. A. https://doi.org/10.5285/6ac947db-fc01-4ae0-ac4a-6d6ff016aad1

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Tropical montane forests represent a significant portion of Andean land cover, however, soil-atmosphere methane exchange in these ecosystems is under studied. Here we report on soil methane cycling in montane forests of the southern Peruvian Andes. These soils acted as a net sink for atmospheric methane and variation in uptake across the studied forests was best explained by nitrate inhibition of oxidation and/or limitations on the inward diffusion of methane from the atmosphere into the soil.
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