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The boundless carbon cycle

The terrestrial biosphere is assumed to take up most of the carbon on land. However, it is becoming clear that inland waters process large amounts of organic carbon and must be considered in strategies to mitigate climate change.

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Figure 1: The 'boundless carbon cycle'.


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This Commentary originated from the ESF/COST 'Complex Systems and Changes: Water and Life' and from joint efforts between the LEREC project (Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning) to L.J.T. and the START-project ARCARNET (Austrian BMWF and FWF) to T.J.B. S.L. was supported by the Centre of Excellence ECO (UA-Methusalem) and the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen), and L.A.K. and A.K.A. by the US NSF (EAR-0450331, DEB-0516449).

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Battin, T., Luyssaert, S., Kaplan, L. et al. The boundless carbon cycle. Nature Geosci 2, 598–600 (2009).

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