We have made CO_2 and CH_4 flux measurements with manual chambers at Sallie`s Fen, NH, USA at weekly to monthly intervals over the past decade. We have also made quasi-continuous CO_2 flux measurements with an automated chamber flux system for the past three years. Additional ancillary data (temperature, water table depth, incoming radiation, and precipitation) have also been regularly recorded for the past decade. We also ran the PCARS peatland ecosystem model to simulate daily CO_2 and CH_4 exchange for 1997 through 2001. We compare model results to observations, and evaluate interannual variability in CO_2 and CH_4 budgets. Preliminary simulations show annual methane flux varied by about 20% around a 5-year mean of 75 g CH_4-C m-2 yr-1. Net C uptake by the fen varied from 50-150 g C m-2 yr-1. Using a 100-year global warming potential (GWP) of 1 for CO_2 and 23 for CH_4, the simulated annual GWP of the fen is -650 g CO_2-equiv m-2 yr-1 for CO_2, +2300 g CO_2-equiv m-2 yr-1 for CH_4, and a net value of +1650 g CO_2-equiv m-2 yr-1.


Earth Sciences, Earth Systems Research Center

Publication Date

Spring 2003

Journal Title

Joint Assembly Meeting, American Geophysical Union


European Geophysical Society

Document Type

Conference Proceeding