Modeling methane dynamics in three wetlands in Northeastern China by using the CLM-Microbe model

Yunjiang Zuo, Yihui Wang, Liyuan He, Nannan Wang, Jianzhao Liu, Fenghui Yuan, Kexin Li, Ziyu Guo, Ying Sun, Xinhao Zhu, Lihua Zhang, Changchun Song, Li Sun, Xiaofeng Xu

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Wetlands account for up to 70% of the natural source of methane (CH4) in terrestrial ecosystems on a global scale. Soil microbes are the ultimate producers and biological consumers of CH4 in wetlands. Therefore, simulating microbial mechanisms of CH4 production and consumptionwould improve the predictability of CH4 flux in wetland ecosystems. In this study, we applied a microbial-explicit model, the CLM-Microbe, to simulate CH4 flux in three major natural wetlands in northeastern China. The CLM-Microbe model was able to capture the seasonal variation of gross primary productivity (GPP), dissolved organic carbon (DOC), and CH4 flux. The CLM-Microbe model explained more than 40% of the variation in GPP and CH4 flux across sites. Marsh wetlands had higher CH4 flux than mountain peatlands. Ebullition dominated the CH4 transport pathway in all three wetlands. The methanogenesis dominates while methanotroph makes a minor contribution to the CH4 flux, making all wetlands a CH4 source. Sensitivity analysis indicated that microbial growth and death rates are the key factors governing CH4 emission and vegetation physiological properties (flnr) and maintenance respiration predominate GPP variation. Explicitly simulating microbial processes allows genomic information to be incorporated, laying a foundation for better predicting CH4 dynamics under the changing environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2074895
JournalEcosystem Health and Sustainability
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022

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Funding Information:
This study was partially supported by the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDA28020502), the National Natural Science Foundation (No. 41771102, 41730643, 32171873, 41701198) of China, and Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. F.H., Y.W., and X.X. are grateful for the financial and facility support from the U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Foundation (2145130) that has partially funded the development of the CLM-Microbe model.

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© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis Group and Science Press on behalf of the Ecological Society of China.


  • CH flux
  • CLM-Microbe model
  • microbe
  • wetlands


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