Modeling CO2 emissions from Arctic lakes: Model development and site-level study

  • Zeli Tan, Qianlai Zhuang, Narasinha J. Shurpali, Maija E. Marushchak, Christina Biasi, Werner Eugster, Katey Walter Anthony
  • Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, September 2017, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1002/2017ms001028

Modeling CO2 emissions from Arctic lakes

What is it about?

This study is about the development and validation of a one-dimensional process-based lake biogeochemistry model that can be used to simulate CO2 emissions from Arctic lakes.

Why is it important?

Few lake biogeochemistry models are developed specifically for Arctic lakes which are found to be important in understanding the global carbon cycle. In this study, we developed a one-dimensional process-based lake biogeochemistry model that explicitly simulates the dynamics of organic and inorganic carbon in Arctic lakes. The model can reproduce the seasonal variability of CO2 fluxes from the study Arctic lakes. Importantly, it can simulate the whole-lake carbon balance of Arctic lakes, a difficult task for field and laboratory experiments and other biogeochemistry models.


Dr Zeli Tan
Purdue University

I devoted a lot of time developing the ALBM lake model. Hope it can help the scientific community better understand the carbon cycle in the Arctic.

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