Air temperature and precipitation constraining the modelled wetland methane emissions in a boreal region in Northern Europe

Aalto, Tuula; Tsuruta, Aki; Mäkelä, Jarmo; Mueller, Jurek; Tenkanen, Maria; Burke, Eleanor; Chadburn, Sarah; Gao, Yao; Mannisenaho, Vilma; Kleinen, Thomas; Lee, Hanna; Leppänen, Antti; Markkanen, Tiina; Materia, Stefano; Miller, Paul; Peano, Daniele; Peltola, Olli; Poulter, Benjamin; Raivonen, Maarit; Saunois, Marielle; Wårlind, David; Zaehle, Sönke

Wetland methane responses to temperature and precipitation were studied in a boreal wetland-rich region in Northern Europe using ecosystem process models. Six ecosystem models (JSBACH-HIMMELI, LPX-Bern, LPJ-GUESS, JULES, CLM4.5 and CLM5) were compared to multi-model mean of ecosystem models and atmospheric inversions from the Global Carbon Project and up-scaled eddy covariance flux results for their temperature and precipitation responses and seasonal cycles of the regional fluxes. Two models with contrasting response patterns, LPX-Bern and JSBACH-HIMMELI, were used as priors in atmospheric inversions with Carbon Tracker Europe – CH4 in order to find out how the inversion attempts to change the prior fluxes in the posterior and how this alters the interpretation of the flux responses to temperature and precipitation. The inversion attempted to move emissions of both models in posterior towards co-limitation by temperature and precipitation. In general high temperature and/or high precipitation periods often resulted in high posterior emissions. This was not the case for the warm and dry period of summer 2018. The process models showed strong temperature as well as strong precipitation responses for the region (51–91 % of the variance explained by both), and the month of maximum emissions varied from May to September. However, multi-model means, inversions and up-scaled eddy covariance flux observations agreed on the month of maximum emissions, and had rather balanced temperature and precipitation responses. The set-up of different emission components (peatland emissions, mineral land fluxes) had a significant role in building up the response patterns. Considering the significant differences among the models, it is essential to pay more attention to the magnitude, composition, annual cycle and climate driver responses of wetland emissions in different regions.

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Aalto, Tuula / Tsuruta, Aki / Mäkelä, Jarmo / et al: Air temperature and precipitation constraining the modelled wetland methane emissions in a boreal region in Northern Europe. 2024. Copernicus Publications.

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