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describe the spatial patterns of ebullition in three thermokarst lakes in different regions of Alaska. The authors used these models to create simulated ebullition data sets, on which they tested various methods for estimating lake ebullition. They find that the standard method of measuring ebullition with randomly placed bubble traps is biased toward underestimating methane flux, while a method using survey transects to map ebullition bubbles trapped in lake ice only slightly underestimated methane flux. The authors suggest that transect field data from a large number of widely distributed lakes can be combined to give a good estimate of regional lake ebullition.

Source: Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, doi:10.1002/jgrg.20087, 2013 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jgrg.20087/abstract

Title: Constraining spatial variability of methane ebullition seeps in thermokarst lakes using point process models

Authors: Katey M. Walter Anthony and Peter Anthony: Water and Environmental Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks.


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