Articles | Volume 15, issue 23
Biogeosciences, 15, 7155–7175, 2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 7155–7175, 2018

Research article 30 Nov 2018

Research article | 30 Nov 2018

Bipolar carbon and hydrogen isotope constraints on the Holocene methane budget

Jonas Beck et al.


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ED: Publish as is (27 Aug 2018) by Kirsten Thonicke
Short summary
Ice core concentration and stable isotope measurements of atmospheric CH4 give valuable insights into the CH4 cycle of the past. New carbon and hydrogen stable isotope CH4 data measured on ice from both Greenland and Antarctica over the Holocene allow us to draw conclusions on the methane emission processes. In particular, our results cast doubt on a hypothesis proposing early human land use to be responsible for the atmospheric methane concentration increase in the second half of the Holocene.
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