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Long-term effect of reservoir emissions on the climate is increasingly dominated by methane


Modelling of the effect of reservoirs on the climate through time (1900 to 2060) revealed that although carbon emissions peaked in 1987, reservoir-induced radiative forcing will continue to rise for the next decades. Over time, reservoir emissions are shifting from carbon dioxide to methane-dominated pathways, on which knowledge is largely lacking.

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Fig. 1: Evolution of reservoir-induced radiative forcing.


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This is a summary of: Soued, C. et al. Reservoir CO2 and CH4 emissions and their climate impact over the period 1900–2060. Nat. Geosci. (2022).

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Long-term effect of reservoir emissions on the climate is increasingly dominated by methane. Nat. Geosci. 15, 694–695 (2022).

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