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See detailTechnical Note: Large overestimation of pCO2 calculated from pH and alkalinity in acidic, organic-rich freshwaters
Abril, G; Bouillon, S; Darchambeau, François ULg et al

in Biogeosciences (2015), 12(1), 67-78

Inland waters have been recognized as a significant source of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere at the global scale. Fluxes of CO2 between aquatic systems and the atmosphere are calculated from the ... [more ▼]

Inland waters have been recognized as a significant source of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere at the global scale. Fluxes of CO2 between aquatic systems and the atmosphere are calculated from the gas transfer velocity and the water–air gradient of the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2). Currently, direct measurements of water pCO2 remain scarce in freshwaters, and most published pCO2 data are calculated from temperature, pH and total alkalinity (TA). Here, we compare calculated (pH and TA) and measured (equilibrator and headspace) water pCO2 in a large array of temperate and tropical freshwaters. The 761 data points cover a wide range of values for TA (0 to 14 200 μmol L􀀀1), pH (3.94 to 9.17), measured pCO2 (36 to 23 000 ppmv), and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) (29 to 3970 μmol L􀀀1). Calculated pCO2 were >10% higher than measured pCO2 in 60% of the samples (with a median overestimation of calculated pCO2 compared to measured pCO2 of 2560 ppmv) and were >100% higher in the 25% most organic-rich and acidic samples (with a median overestimation of 9080 ppmv). We suggest these large overestimations of calculated pCO2 with respect to measured pCO2 are due to the combination of two cumulative effects: (1) a more significant contribution of organic acids anions to TA in waters with low carbonate alkalinity and high DOC concentrations; (2) a lower buffering capacity of the carbonate system at low pH, which increases the sensitivity of calculated pCO2 to TA in acidic and organicrich waters. No empirical relationship could be derived from our data set in order to correct calculated pCO2 for this bias. Owing to the widespread distribution of acidic, organic-rich freshwaters, we conclude that regional and global estimates of CO2 outgassing from freshwaters based on pH and TA data only are most likely overestimated, although the magnitude of the overestimation needs further quantitative analysis. Direct measurements of pCO2 are recommended in inland waters in general, and in particular in acidic, poorly buffered freshwaters [less ▲]

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See detailAmmonia Oxidising Archaea in the OMZ of a freshwater African Lake
Lliros, M; Ingeoglu, O; Garcia-Armisen, T et al

Poster (2014, May 05)

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See detailCarbon cycling in a large, meromictic tropical lake (Lake Kivu, East Africa): insights from seasonal monitoring of biogeochemical depth profiles
Morana, C; Darchambeau, F; Muvundja, F et al

Poster (2014, April 27)

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See detailProduction of dissolved organic matter by phytoplankton and its uptake by heterotrophic prokaryotes in large tropical lakes
Morana, C; Sarmento, H; Descy, J-P et al

Poster (2014, April 27)

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See detailTemporal variability and spatial distribution of suspended matter and organic C pool in the Zambezi River
Teodoru, C; Bouillon, S; Borges, Alberto ULg et al

Poster (2014, April 27)

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See detailTemporal variability and spatial dynamics of CO2 and CH4 concentrations and fluxes in the Zambezi River system
Teodoru, C; Borges, Alberto ULg; bouillon, S et al

Conference (2014, April 27)

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See detailInorganic and organic carbon spatial variability in the Congo River during high waters (December 2013)
Borges, Alberto ULg; Bouillon, S; Teodoru, C et al

Poster (2014, April 27)

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See detailThe age of river-transported carbon: new data from African catchments and a global perspective
Marwick, TR; Tamooh, F; Teodoru, C et al

Conference (2014, April 27)

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See detailDisproportionate contribution of riparian inputs to organic carbon in freshwater systems
Marwick, TR; Van Acker, K; Darchambeau, François ULg et al

Conference (2014, April 27)

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See detailNO3- Reduction is Fe-Dependent in a Ferruginous Chemocline
Michiels, C.; Darchambeau, François ULg; Roland, Fleur ULg et al

Conference (2014)

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See detailDisproportionate contribution of riparian inputs to organic carbon in freshwater systems
Marwick, TR; Van Acker, K; Borges, Alberto ULg et al

Poster (2014)

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