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Treat et al. 2019

Treat, C.C., T. Kleinen, N. Broothaerts, A.S. Dalton, R. Dommain, T.A. Douglas, J.Z. Drexler, S.A. Finkelstein, G. Grosse, G. Hope, J. Hutchings, M.C. Jones, P. Kuhry, T. Lacourse, O. Lähteenoja, J. Loisel, B. Notebaert, R.J. Payne, D.M. Peteet, A.B.K. Sannel, J.M. Stelling, J. Strauss, G.T. Swindles, J. Talbot, C. Tarnocai, G. Verstraeten, C.J. Williams, Z. Xia, Z. Yu, M. Väliranta, M. Hättestrand, H. Alexanderson, and V. Brovkin, 2019: Widespread global peatland establishment and persistence over the last 130,000 y. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 116, no. 11, 4822-4827, doi:10.1073/pnas.1813305116.

Glacial-interglacial variations in CO2 and methane in polar ice cores have been attributed, in part, to changes in global wetland extent, but the wetland distribution before the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM, 21 ka to 18 ka) remains virtually unknown. We present a study of global peatland extent and carbon (C) stocks through the last glacial cycle (130 ka to present) using a newly compiled database of 1,063 detailed stratigraphic records of peat deposits buried by mineral sediments, as well as a global peatland model. Quantitative agreement between modeling and observations shows extensive peat accumulation before the LGM in northern latitudes (>40°N), particularly during warmer periods including the last interglacial (130 ka to 116 ka, MIS 5e) and the interstadial (57 ka to 29 ka, MIS 3). During cooling periods of glacial advance and permafrost formation, the burial of northern peatlands by glaciers and mineral sediments decreased active peatland extent, thickness, and modeled C stocks by 70 to 90% from warmer times. Tropical peatland extent and C stocks show little temporal variation throughout the study period. While the increased burial of northern peats was correlated with cooling periods, the burial of tropical peat was predominately driven by changes in sea level and regional hydrology. Peat burial by mineral sediments represents a mechanism for long-term terrestrial C storage in the Earth system. These results show that northern peatlands accumulate significant C stocks during warmer times, indicating their potential for C sequestration during the warming Anthropocene.

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  author={Treat, C. C. and Kleinen, T. and Broothaerts, N. and Dalton, A. S. and Dommain, R. and Douglas, T. A. and Drexler, J. Z. and Finkelstein, S. A. and Grosse, G. and Hope, G. and Hutchings, J. and Jones, M. C. and Kuhry, P. and Lacourse, T. and Lähteenoja, O. and Loisel, J. and Notebaert, B. and Payne, R. J. and Peteet, D. M. and Sannel, A. B. K. and Stelling, J. M. and Strauss, J. and Swindles, G. T. and Talbot, J. and Tarnocai, C. and Verstraeten, G. and Williams, C. J. and Xia, Z. and Yu, Z. and Väliranta, M. and Hättestrand, M. and Alexanderson, H. and Brovkin, V.},
  title={Widespread global peatland establishment and persistence over the last 130,000 y},
  journal={Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.},

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ID  - tr01300f
AU  - Treat, C. C.
AU  - Kleinen, T.
AU  - Broothaerts, N.
AU  - Dalton, A. S.
AU  - Dommain, R.
AU  - Douglas, T. A.
AU  - Drexler, J. Z.
AU  - Finkelstein, S. A.
AU  - Grosse, G.
AU  - Hope, G.
AU  - Hutchings, J.
AU  - Jones, M. C.
AU  - Kuhry, P.
AU  - Lacourse, T.
AU  - Lähteenoja, O.
AU  - Loisel, J.
AU  - Notebaert, B.
AU  - Payne, R. J.
AU  - Peteet, D. M.
AU  - Sannel, A. B. K.
AU  - Stelling, J. M.
AU  - Strauss, J.
AU  - Swindles, G. T.
AU  - Talbot, J.
AU  - Tarnocai, C.
AU  - Verstraeten, G.
AU  - Williams, C. J.
AU  - Xia, Z.
AU  - Yu, Z.
AU  - Väliranta, M.
AU  - Hättestrand, M.
AU  - Alexanderson, H.
AU  - Brovkin, V.
PY  - 2019
TI  - Widespread global peatland establishment and persistence over the last 130,000 y
JA  - Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.
VL  - 116
IS  - 11
SP  - 4822
EP  - 4827
DO  - 10.1073/pnas.1813305116
ER  -

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