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HESS | Articles | Volume 22, issue 10
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 5281–5298, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-5281-2018
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 5281–5298, 2018
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Research article 15 Oct 2018

Research article | 15 Oct 2018

The importance of small artificial water bodies as sources of methane emissions in Queensland, Australia

Alistair Grinham et al.
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Artificial water bodies are a major source of methane and an important contributor to flooded land greenhouse gas emissions. Past studies focussed on large water supply or hydropower reservoirs with small artificial water bodies (ponds) almost completely ignored. This regional study demonstrated ponds accounted for one-third of flooded land surface area and emitted over 1.6 million t CO2 eq. yr−1 (10 % of land use sector emissions). Ponds should be included in regional GHG inventories.
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