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dc.contributor.authorStrack, Maria
dc.contributor.authorWaddington, James M.
dc.contributor.authorKellner, Erik 19:14:41 (GMT) 19:14:41 (GMT)
dc.descriptionThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Strack, M., Kellner, E. and Waddington, J.M. 2005. The dynamics of biogenic gas bubbles in peat and their effects on peatland biogeochemistry. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 19, GB1003, doi: 10.1029/2004GB002330, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.en
dc.description.abstractProduction and emission of peat gas has attracted great interest because substantial amounts of methane (CH4) are emitted to the atmosphere from peat soils. Many studies indicate supersaturation of CH4 in peat water, implying a high potential for gas bubble formation. However, observations of bubbles in peat are often only qualitatively described, and in most cases the presence of entrapped gas has been largely ignored in peatland studies. On the basis of a review of literature, a conceptual model of entrapped gas dynamics was developed and investigated using field and laboratory measurements at a poor fen in central Quebec. We investigated variations in production and volume of gas and the effect of this gas on trace gas emissions, peat buoyancy, and pore water chemistry during 2002 and 2003. Measurements made with moisture probes and subsurface gas collectors revealed that gas volume varied throughout the growing season in relation to hydrostatic and barometric pressure. Shifts in entrapped gas volume were also coincident with changes in dissolved pore water CH4. The presence of these bubbles has important biogeochemical effects, including the development of localized CH4 diffusion gradients, alteration of local flow paths affecting substrate delivery, peat buoyancy, and the potential episodic release of CH4 via ebullition events. These interactions must be included in peatland models to describe accurately the hydrology and greenhouse gas emissions from these ecosystems and to make predictions about their response to environmental change.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was supported by Premier’s Research Excellence Award, a NSERC Discovery Grant, and a Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences grant to J. M. W. and a NSERC Julie Payette Scholarship and NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship to M. S.en
dc.publisherAmerican Geophysical Union, Wileyen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesGlobal Biogeochemical Cycles;
dc.subjectgas bubblesen
dc.subjecthydraulic conductivityen
dc.titleDynamics of biogenic gas bubbles in peat and their effects on peatland biogeochemistryen
dcterms.bibliographicCitationStrack, M., Kellner, E. and Waddington, J.M. 2005. The dynamics of biogenic gas bubbles in peat and their effects on peatland biogeochemistry. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 19, GB1003, doi: 10.1029/2004GB002330en
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Environmenten
uws.contributor.affiliation2Geography and Environmental Managementen

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