Journal of Paleolimnology

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 395–400

A first estimate of organic carbon storage in Holocene lake sediments in Alberta, Canada

  • I.D. Campbell
  • C. Campbell
  • D.H. Vitt
  • D. Kelker
  • L.D. Laird
  • D. Trew
  • B. Kotak
  • D. LeClair
  • S. Bayley
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1008103605817

Cite this article as:
Campbell, I., Campbell, C., Vitt, D. et al. Journal of Paleolimnology (2000) 24: 395. doi:10.1023/A:1008103605817

Abstract

This paper reports a first estimate of the Holocene lake sediment carbon pool in Alberta, Canada. The organic matter content of lake sediment does not appear to depend strongly on lake size or other limnological parameters, allowing a simple first estimate in which we assume all Alberta lake sediment to have the same organic matter content. Alberta lake sediments sequester about 15 g C m-2 yr-1, for a provincial total of 0.23 Tg C yr-1, or 2.3 Pg C over the Holocene. Alberta lakes may represent as much as 1/1700 of total global, annual permanent carbon sequestration.

carbon storage lake sediment Holocene Canada climate change organic matter 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • I.D. Campbell
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. Campbell
    • 3
  • D.H. Vitt
    • 3
  • D. Kelker
    • 4
  • L.D. Laird
    • 5
  • D. Trew
    • 6
  • B. Kotak
    • 4
  • D. LeClair
    • 6
  • S. Bayley
    • 3
  1. 1.Canadian Forest ServiceEdmonton, ABCanada
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Atmospheric SciencesUniversity of AlbertaEdmonton, ABCanada
  3. 3.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of AlbertaEdmonton, ABCanada
  4. 4.Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.Boyle, AB, T0A 0M0Canada
  5. 5.Department of Earth and Atmospheric SciencesUniversity of AlbertaEdmonton, ABCanada
  6. 6.Water Sciences BranchAlberta Environmental ProtectionEdmonton, ABCanada