Articles | Volume 18, issue 24
Research article
17 Dec 2018
Research article |  | 17 Dec 2018

Detecting changes in Arctic methane emissions: limitations of the inter-polar difference of atmospheric mole fractions

Oscar B. Dimdore-Miles, Paul I. Palmer, and Lori P. Bruhwiler


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AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (11 Jun 2018)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (28 Jun 2018) by Mathias Palm
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (09 Jul 2018)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (29 Aug 2018) by Mathias Palm
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (07 Nov 2018)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (30 Nov 2018) by Mathias Palm
Short summary
The Arctic is experiencing warming trends higher than the global mean. Arctic ecosystems are a large store of carbon. As the soil organic carbon thaws and decomposes, some fraction of this store will eventually be released to the atmosphere as methane. We show that a previously used measurement-based metric to identify changes in Arctic methane emissions does not reliably quantify these changes because it neglects the effect of atmospheric transport. A better metric will combine data and models.
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