Articles | Volume 17, issue 8
Research article
08 Aug 2023
Research article |  | 08 Aug 2023

Environmental spaces for palsas and peat plateaus are disappearing at a circumpolar scale

Oona Leppiniemi, Olli Karjalainen, Juha Aalto, Miska Luoto, and Jan Hjort

Data sets

Spatial predictions of suitable environments for palsas and peat plateaus in the Northern Hemisphere for recent and future periods Oona H. Könönen, Olli Karjalainen, Juha Aalto, Miska Luoto, and Jan Hjort

Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010), U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011--1073 J. J. Danielson and D. B. Gesch

Arctic Circumpolar Distribution and Soil Carbon of Thermokarst Landscapes, 2015 D. Olefeldt, S. Goswami, G. Grosse, D. J. Hayes, G. Hugelius, P. Kuhry, B. Sannel, E. A. G. Schuur, and M. R. Turetsky

The fractional land cover estimates from the Boreal-Arctic Wetland and Lake Dataset (BAWLD), 2021 David Olefeldt, Mikael Hovemyr, McKenzie Kuhn, David Bastviken, Theodore Bohn, John Connolly, Patrick Crill, Eugénie Euskirchen, Sarah Finkelstein, Hélène Genet, Guido Grosse, Lorna Harris, Liam Heffernan, Manuel Helbig, Gustaf Hugelius, Ryan Hutchins, Sari Juutinen, Mark Lara, Avni Malhotra, Kristen Manies, David McGuire, Susan Natali, Jonathan O'Donnell, Frans-Jan Parmentier, Aleksi Räsänen, Christina Schädel, Oliver Sonnentag, Maria Strack, Suzanne Tank, Claire Treat, Ryth Varner, Tarmo Virtanen, Rebecca Warren and Jennifer Watts

Maps of northern peatland extent, depth, carbon storage and nitrogen storage, Dataset version 2 Gustaf Hugelius, Julie Loisel, Sarah Chadburn, Robert B. Jackson, Miriam Jones, Glen MacDonald, Maija Marushchak, David Olefeldt, Maara Packalen, Matthias B. Siewert, Claire Treat, Merritt Turetsky, Carolina Voigt, and Zicheng Yu

PEATMAP: Refining estimates of global peatland distribution based on a meta-analysis Jiren Xu, Paul J. Morris, Junguo Liu, and Joseph Holden

(Table S1) Site locations of cores and descriptions Claire C. Treat, Miriam C. Jones, Philip Camill, Angela V. Gallego-Sala, Michelle Garneau, Jennifer W. Harden, Gustaf Hugelius, Eric S. Klein, Ulla Kokfelt, Peter Kuhry, Julie Loisel, Paul J. H. Mathijssen, O'Jonathan A. Donnell, Pirita O. Oksanen, Tiina M. Ronkainen, A. Sannel, K. Britta, Julie Talbot, Charles Tarnocai, and Minna Väliranta

Short summary
For the first time, suitable environments for palsas and peat plateaus were modeled for the whole Northern Hemisphere. The hotspots of occurrences were in northern Europe, western Siberia, and subarctic Canada. Climate change was predicted to cause almost complete loss of the studied landforms by the late century. Our predictions filled knowledge gaps in the distribution of the landforms, and they can be utilized in estimation of the pace and impacts of the climate change over northern regions.