New insights on climate change effects on methane emissions from lakes

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In a study linked to the PROGNOS project, researchers from the Department of Bioscience and Arctic Research Centre (ARC) at Aarhus University, Silkeborg, Denmark have published a new article, “Synergy between nutrients and warming enhances methane ebullition from experimental lakes“, in Nature Climate Change.

ScienceNordic has written a general description of the project, available on their website, “Danish ‘lakes’ provide unique insights to climate change.” In short, the researchers have closely monitored 24 experimental lakes in Denmark and have revealed how methane gas emissions from lakes changes over time due to changes in temperature and nutrient concentrations. This experimental study provides new understanding of controls on methane emissions in natural lakes. Limiting or reducing methane emissions, a greenhouse gas, is part of the puzzle in managing climate change.