Soil greenhouse gas emissions in tropical peat swamp forests and oil palm plantations in central Kalimantan, Indonesia

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Authors: 
Nisa Novita, Dede Hendry Tryanto, Kristell Hergoualc’h and J. Boone Kauffman
Book (published in): 
Proceedings of the 15th International Peat Congress
Venue: 
Kuching
Year: 
2016
Keywords: 
tropical peat, greenhouse gases, oil palm

Summary:

Conversion of tropical peat swamp forests to oil palm plantations disrupts the carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycles, and contributes substantially to greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. Despite the importance of tropical peat swamp forests and the impacts of their conversion on global C and N cycles, only a small number of published studies directly compare GHG emissions in undisturbed forest and oil palm plantation ecosystems. To fill this knowledge gap, we conducted a series of monthly soil CO2, CH4 and N2O emissions measurements using the dynamic (CO2) and static (CH4 and N2O) chamber methods in three forest plots and three oil palm plantations over...