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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-17-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-17-2019
Research article
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08 Jan 2019
Research article |  | 08 Jan 2019

Impact of peatlands on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the Rajang River and Estuary, Malaysia

Denise Müller-Dum, Thorsten Warneke, Tim Rixen, Moritz Müller, Antje Baum, Aliki Christodoulou, Joanne Oakes, Bradley D. Eyre, and Justus Notholt

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Southeast Asian peat-draining rivers are potentially strong sources of carbon to the atmosphere due to the large amounts of organic carbon stored in those ecosystems. We present the first assessment of CO2 emissions from the Rajang River, the largest peat-draining river in Malaysia. The peatlands’ influence on the CO2 emissions from the Rajang River was smaller than expected, probably due to their proximity to the coast. Therefore, the Rajang was only a moderate source of CO2 to the atmosphere.
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