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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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (13 Apr 2016) by Edzo Veldkamp
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ED: Publish as is (25 May 2016) by Edzo Veldkamp
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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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