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Ideas and perspectives: A strategic assessment of methane and nitrous oxide measurements in the marine environment

November 26, 2020

>In the current era of rapid climate change, accurate characterization of climate-relevant gas dynamics – namely production, consumption, and net emissions – is required for all biomes, especially those ecosystems most susceptible to the impact of change. Marine environments include regions that act as net sources or sinks for numerous climate-active trace gases including methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O). The temporal and spatial distributions of CH4 and N2O are controlled by the interaction of complex biogeochemical and physical processes. To evaluate and quantify how these mechanisms affect marine CH4 and N2O cycling requires a combination of traditional scientific disciplines including oceanography, microbiology, and numerical modeling. Fundamental to these efforts is ensuring that the datasets produced by independent scientists are comparable and interoperable. Equally critical is transparent communication within the research community about the technical improvements required to increase our collective understanding of marine CH4 and N2O. A workshop sponsored by Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) was organized to enhance dialogue and collaborations pertaining to marine CH4 and N2O. Here, we summarize the outcomes from the workshop to describe the challenges and opportunities for near-future CH4 and N2O research in the marine environment.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2020
Title Ideas and perspectives: A strategic assessment of methane and nitrous oxide measurements in the marine environment
DOI 10.5194/bg-17-5809-2020
Authors S.T. Wilson, A.N. Al-Haj, A. Bourbonnais, C. Frey, R.W. Fulweiler, John D. Kessler, H.K. Marchant, J Milucka, N.E. Ray, P Suntharalingham, B.F. Thornton, R.C. Upstill-Goddard, T.S. Weber, D.L. Arévalo-Martínez, H.W. Bange, H.M. Benway, D. Bianchi, A.V. Borges, B.X. Chang, P.M. Crill, D.A. del Valle, L. Farías, S.B. Joye, A. Kock, J Labidi, C.C. Manning, John Pohlman, G. Rehder, K.J. Sparrow, P.D. Tortell, T. Truede, D.L. Valentine, B.B. Ward, S. Yang, L.N. Yurganov
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Biogeosciences
Series Number
Index ID 70217799
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center