14 Nov 2020

14 Nov 2020

Review status: a revised version of this preprint is currently under review for the journal BG.

Different responses of CO2, CH4, and N2O fluxes to seasonally asymmetric warming in an alpine grassland of Tianshan Mountains

Yanming Gong1, Ping Yue2, Kaihui Li1, Anwar Mohammat1, and Yanyan Liu1 Yanming Gong et al.
  • 1State Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, CAS, Urumqi, 830011, China
  • 2Urat Desert-Grassland Research Station, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, CAS, Lanzhou, 730000, China

Abstract. An experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of seasonally asymmetric warming on CO2, CH4, and N2O fluxes in alpine grassland of Tianshan Mountains of Central Asia, from October 2016 to September 2019. Our results indicated that the CO2, CH4 and N2O fluxes varied in the range 0.56–98.03 mg C m−2 h−1, −94.30–0.23 μg C m−2 h−1, and −1.28–10.09 μg N m−2 h−1, respectively. The CO2 and N2O fluxes were negatively correlated with soil temperature, but the CH4 fluxes decreased with the increase in temperature. Furthermore, the variation in greenhouse gas flux under seasonally asymmetric warming was different between the growing season (June to September) and the non-growing season (October to May). In addition, the response rates of CO2 and N2O fluxes to temperature increases was significantly reduced due to warming throughout the year. Warming during the growing season led to a significant decrease in the response rate of CO2 flux to temperature increases. However, warming during the non-growing season caused a significant increase in the response rate of CO2 flux to temperature increases. The response rate of CH4 flux was insensitive to temperature increase under seasonally asymmetric warming. Thus, the main finding of our results was that seasonally asymmetric warming resulted in different responses in the fluxes of individual greenhouse gases to rising temperatures in the alpine grassland.

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The measured CO2, CH4 and N2O fluxes and soil temperature and soil water content data Yanming Gong

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Short summary
At present, data on the influence of asymmetric warming on the GHG flux on a temporal scale is scarce. GHG fluxes were measured using static chambers and a gas chromatograph. Our study showed that the effect of seasonally asymmetrical warming on CO2 flux was obvious, with the GHG flux being able to adapt to continuous warming. Warming in the nongrowing season increased the temperature dependence of GHG flux.