SPRUCE Stability of Peatland Carbon to Rising Temperatures: Supporting Data

These data are provided in support of the SPRUCE publication, Stability of peatland carbon to rising temperatures, Wilson et al., (2016).

This data set reports the results of extensive field measurements and laboratory analyses of samples from the SPRUCE experiment. Results indicate that ecosystem-scale warming of over 2 m of peat exponentially increased CH4 emissions —but not ecosystem respiration of CO2.  Multiple lines of evidence, including incubations and in situ analyses of 14C, dissolved gases, and microbial community metabolic potential, indicate that CH4 emissions increased due to surface processes and not degradation of deeper buried carbon.

The supporting data provided include the summarized and aggregated data used to generate the six figures in the main text of the paper and the 12 supplementary figures. 


Wilson, R.M., A.M. Hopple, M.M. Tfaily, S.D. Sebestyen, C.W. Schadt, L. Pfeifer-Meister, C. Medvedeff, K.J. McFarlane, J.E. Kostka, M. Kolton, R. Kolka, L.A. Kluber, J.K. Keller, T.P. Guilderson, N.A. Griffiths, J.P. Chanton, S.D. Bridgham, and P.J. Hanson. 2016. SPRUCE Stability of Peatland Carbon to Rising Temperatures: Supporting Data. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A. http://dx.doi.org/10.3334/CDIAC/spruce.026

Schematic of the SPRUCE site located in northern Minnesota. Three boardwalks transect the site, with experimental treatments plots branching radially off of those boardwalks. Numbers indicate the target temperatures, relative to ambient conditions.