Articles | Volume 12, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 12, 2803–2819, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 2803–2819, 2018
Research article
03 Sep 2018
Research article | 03 Sep 2018

Consumption of atmospheric methane by the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau alpine steppe ecosystem

Hanbo Yun et al.

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Here we reported the QTP permafrost region was a CH4 sink of −0.86 ± 0.23 g CH4-C m−2 yr−1 over 2012–2016, soil temperature and soil water content were dominant factors controlling CH4 fluxes, and their correlations changed with soil depth due to cryoturbation dynamics. This region was a net CH4 sink in autumn, but a net source in spring, despite both seasons experiencing similar top soil thawing and freezing dynamics.