Articles | Volume 16, issue 19
Biogeosciences, 16, 3801–3834, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-3801-2019
Biogeosciences, 16, 3801–3834, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-3801-2019

Research article 07 Oct 2019

Research article | 07 Oct 2019

Variations in dissolved greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O) in the Congo River network overwhelmingly driven by fluvial-wetland connectivity

Alberto V. Borges et al.

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Tropical rivers might be strong sources of CO2 and CH4 to the atmosphere, although there is an enormous data gap. The origin of CO2 in lowland tropical rivers is not well characterized and can be from terra firme or from wetlands (flooded forests and aquatic macrophytes). We obtained a large field dataset of CO2, CH4 and N2O in the Congo, the second-largest river in the world, which allows us to quantity the emission of these greenhouse gases to the atmosphere and investigate their origin.
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