Dr. Mitsch Public Lecture ‘The Role of Wetland Processes in the Global Carbon Cycle and Climate Change’
On Tuesday 19 February 2019, Dr. William J. Mitsch, Everglades Wetland Research Park, Florida Gulf Coast University gave the final NRN-LCEE Public Lecture at Pontio in Bangor. This was the 32nd of the NRN-LCEE Public Lecture series, the majority of which have been recorded and can be found here.
Dr. Mitsch spoke about ‘The Role of Wetland Processes in the Global Carbon Cycle and Climate Change’. His talk focussed on the balance between carbon sequestration and methane emissions in natural, created, and restored wetlands around the world, as well as illustrating models and previous studies that have attempted to balance these two fluxes to determine the net effect of wetlands on both carbon balances and net radiative forcing. Studies show that most wetlands are net sinks of radiative forcing; exceptions to this are some degrading boreal and tropical wetlands that have been drained and have become net sources of carbon dioxide.
Publication date: 12 March 2019