Articles | Volume 19, issue 7
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 4257–4268, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-4257-2019
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 4257–4268, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-4257-2019
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03 Apr 2019
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Permafrost nitrous oxide emissions observed on a landscape scale using the airborne eddy-covariance method

Jordan Wilkerson et al.

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As frozen soil, called permafrost, increasingly thaws over the years, scientists have put much effort into understanding how this may increase carbon emissions, which would exacerbate climate change. Our work supports the emerging view that these efforts should also include nitrous oxide (N2O), a more potent greenhouse gas. Using a low-flying aircraft to study thousands of acres of Alaskan permafrost, we observed average N2O emissions higher than typically assumed for regions such as this.
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