Impact of Atmospheric Optical Properties on Net Ecosystem Productivity of Peatland in Poland


Harenda K.M., Samson M., Juszczak R., Markowicz K.M., Stachlewska I.S., Kleniewska M., MacArthur A., Schüttemeyer D. and Chojnicki B.H.


Peatlands play an important role in the global carbon cycle due to the high carbon storage in the substrate. Ecosystem production depends, for example, on the solar energy amount that reaches the vegetation, however the diffuse component of this flux can substantially increase ecosystem net productivity. This phenomenon is observed in different ecosystems, but the study of the atmosphere optical properties on peatland production is lacking. In this paper, the presented methodology allowed us to disentangle the diffuse radiation impact on the net ecosystem production (NEP) of Rzecin peatland, Poland. It allowed us to assess the impact of the atmospheric scattering process determined by the aerosol presence in the air mass. An application of atmospheric radiation transfer (ART) and ecosystem production (EP) models showed that the increase of aerosol optical thickness from 0.09 to 0.17 caused NEP to rise by 3.4–5.7%. An increase of the diffusion index (DI) by 0.1 resulted in an NEP increase of 6.1–42.3%, while a DI decrease of 0.1 determined an NEP reduction of −49.0 to −10.5%. These results show that low peatland vegetation responds to changes in light scattering. This phenomenon should be taken into account when calculating the global CO2 uptake estimation of such ecosystems.

Remote Sensing, 2021, vol. 13(11), art. 2124, doi: 10.3390/rs13112124

Originally published on - June 2, 2021, 12:09 p.m.
Last update on - June 7, 2021, 8:40 a.m.
Publisher - Sekretariat IGF