METNET - Methane and soil - tree networks: Adding dimensions to greenhouse-gas studies

01.09.2019 - 31.07.2023

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An innovative method for computing CH4 production, consumption and transport will be constructed by combining cutting-edge X-ray tomography, network science and simulation techniques.

+ Academy of Finland 2019-2023

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Introducing image of the group METNET - Methane and soil - tree networks: Adding dimensions to greenhouse-gas studies

Metnet group exploring Lettosuo. Persons from left: Eeva-Stiina Tuittila (UEF), Mari Pihlatie (UH), Marjo Palviainen (UH), Tiia Grönholm (UH), Maarit Raivonen (UH), Ari Laurén (UEF), Vincent Gauci (University of Birmingham), Iñaki Urzainki (Luke). Perti Kiuru (UEF) rightmost up photo.

Peatlands are a major source of methane (CH4) globally. Lack of a simulation model describing CH4 transport from peat through trees to atmosphere is a key bottle neck in assessing the global importance of tree mediated CH4 emissions. An innovative method for computing CH4 production, consumption and transport will be constructed by combining cutting-edge X-ray tomography, network science and simulation techniques. Three dimensional pore systems of tropical, temperate and boreal peats and methane conducting tree tissues will be imaged using X-ray tomography; and used to create networks of interconnected pipes. Process-based methane computation will be done in this domain. Controlled laboratory manipulation experiments and field experiments are used in developing and validating the simulation model. Flexible and general network modelling approach has not yet been applied within greenhouse gas modelling. It has potential to profoundly renew the ecosystem modelling paradigm and research.

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01.09.2019 - 31.07.2023

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