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  • Seppälä, Jyri; Heinonen, Tero; Pukkala, Timo; Kilpeläinen, Antti; Mattila, Tuomas; Myllyviita, Tanja; Asikainen, Antti; Peltola, Heli (Elsevier, 2019)
    Journal of Environmental Management 247 (2019), 580-587
    A displacement factor (DF) may be used to describe the efficiency of using wood-based products or fuels instead of fossil-based ones to reduce net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, the DFs of individual products and their production volumes could not be used alone to evaluate the climate impacts of forest utilization. For this reason, in this study we have developed a methodology to assess a required displacement factor (RDF) for all wood products and bioenergy manufactured and harvested in a certain country in order to achieve zero CO2 equivalent emissions from increased forest utilization over time in comparison with a selected baseline harvesting scenario. Input data for calculations were produced with the simulation model, Monsu, capable of predicting the carbon stocks of forests and wood-based products. We tested the calculations in Finnish conditions in a 100-year time horizon and estimated the current average DF of manufactured wood-based products and fuels in Finland for the interpretation of RDF results. The results showed that if domestic wood harvesting will be increased by 17–33% compared to the basic scenario, the RDF will be 2.0 to 2.4 tC tC−1 for increased wood use in 2017–2116. However, the estimated average DF of manufactured wood-based products and fuels currently in Finland was less than 1.1 tC tC−1. The results indicate strongly that the increased harvesting intensity from the current situation would represent a challenge for the Finnish forest-based bioeconomy from the viewpoint of climate change mitigation. For this reason, there is an immediate need to improve reliability and applicability of the RDF approach by repeating corresponding calculations in different circumstances and by improving estimations of DFs on country levels.
  • Rinne, J.; Tuovinen, J. -P.; Klemedtsson, L.; Aurela, M.; Holst, J.; Lohila, A.; Weslien, P.; Vestin, P.; Łakomiec, P.; Peichl, M.; Peichl, M.; Tuittila, E. -S.; Heiskanen, L.; Laurila, T.; Li, Xuefei; Alekseychik, P.; Mammarella, I.; Ström, L.; Crill, P.; Nilsson, M. B. (2020)
    We analysed the effect of the 2018 European drought on greenhouse gas (GHG) exchange of five North European mire ecosystems. The low precipitation and high summer temperatures in Fennoscandia led to a lowered water table in the majority of these mires. This lowered both carbon dioxide (CO2) uptake and methane (CH4) emission during 2018, turning three out of the five mires from CO(2)sinks to sources. The calculated radiative forcing showed that the drought-induced changes in GHG fluxes first resulted in a cooling effect lasting 15-50 years, due to the lowered CH(4)emission, which was followed by warming due to the lower CO(2)uptake. This article is part of the theme issue 'Impacts of the 2018 severe drought and heatwave in Europe: from site to continental scale'.
  • Kabir, Kazi Md. Jahangir (Helsingin yliopisto, 2017)
    Plenty of CO2 is commonly emitted from cultivated peat soils and substantial N2O emissions have occasionally been measured from acid sulphate soils. The factors limiting the emission of CO2 and N2O from the different layers of organic acid sulphate soil in Pärnänsuo were studied by aerobic and anaerobic incubation experiments. Two topsoil peat layers (upper and lower) and two mineral soil layers (upper and lower) were investigated. An aerobic experiment was carried out to see the emission of CO2 and N2O after application of glucose and ammonium, at two different temperatures (5o and 20o C). The water content of the soils was adjusted to 60% water- filled pore space (WFPS). Anaerobic experiment was carried out to assess the denitrification potential of different layers and the effect of glucose and nitrate alone and in combination as at 20oC using the acetylene inhibition technique. The lower peat layer exhibited more CO2 emission comparing to upper peat in the aerobic experiment. Additionally, in both peat layers and upper mineral soil layer, CO2 emission was increased exceedingly after glucose application. In the anaerobic experiment, potential denitrification from the upper peat was significantly higher than from other soil layers. Besides, the soil layers responded differently to C and N application. N2O emission from the upper peat was limited by easily available C whether it was applied as glucose alone or, in the presence of nitrate. On the contrary, N2O emission from lower peat layer was limited by nitrate with or, without glucose, but not by glucose alone. Both upper and lower mineral soil denitrification was limited by nitrate without glucose or, in combined with glucose, and not by glucose alone. Nitrogen mineralization pattern was different in upper and lower peat. A very high amount of NO3- was found in the upper peat, while there was a high amount of NH4+ in lower peat. Both the NO3- and NH4+ showed an increasing trend in lower mineral comparing to upper mineral, depicting an exceedingly high amount of mineral N at deeper layers
  • Koskinen, Markku; Maanavilja, Liisa Maria; Nieminen, Mika; Minkkinen, Kari; Tuittila, Eeva-Stiina (2016)
    Forestry-drained peatlands in the boreal region are currently undergoing restoration in order to bring these ecosystems closer to their natural (undrained) state. Drainage affects the methane (CH4) dynamics of a peatland, often changing sites from CH4 sources to sinks. Successful restoration of a peatland would include restoration of not only the surface vegetation and hydrology, but also the microbial populations and thus CH4 dynamics. As a pilot study, CH4 emissions were measured on two pristine, two drained and three restored boreal spruce swamps in southern Finland for one growing season. Restoration was successful in the sense that the water table level in the restored sites was significantly higher than in the drained sites, but it was also slightly higher than in the pristine sites. The restored sites were surprisingly large sources of CH4 (mean emissions of 52.84 mg CH4 m(-2) d(-1)), contrasting with both the pristine (1.51 mg CH4 m(-2) d(-1)) and the drained sites (2.09 mg CH4 m-(2) d(-1)). More research is needed to assess whether the high CH4 emissions observed in this study are representative of restored spruce mires in general.
  • Rebmann, Corinna; Aubinet, Marc; Schmid, Hape; Arriga, Nicola; Aurela, Mika; Burba, George; Clement, Robert; De Ligne, Anne; Fratini, Gerardo; Gielen, Bert; Grace, John; Graf, Alexander; Gross, Patrick; Haapanala, Sami; Herbst, Mathias; Hortnagl, Lukas; Ibrom, Andreas; Joly, Lilian; Kljun, Natascha; Kolle, Olaf; Kowalski, Andrew; Lindroth, Anders; Loustau, Denis; Mammarella, Ivan; Mauder, Matthias; Merbold, Lutz; Metzger, Stefan; Molder, Meelis; Montagnani, Leonardo; Papale, Dario; Pavelka, Marian; Peichl, Matthias; Roland, Marilyn; Serrano-Ortiz, Penelope; Siebicke, Lukas; Steinbrecher, Rainer; Tuovinen, Juha-Pekka; Vesala, Timo; Wohlfahrt, Georg; Franz, Daniela (2018)
    The Integrated Carbon Observation System Re-search Infrastructure aims to provide long-term, continuous observations of sources and sinks of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and water vapour. At ICOS ecosystem stations, the principal technique for measurements of ecosystem-atmosphere exchange of GHGs is the eddy-covariance technique. The establishment and setup of an eddy-covariance tower have to be carefully reasoned to ensure high quality flux measurements being representative of the investigated ecosystem and comparable to measurements at other stations. To fulfill the requirements needed for flux determination with the eddy-covariance technique, variations in GHG concentrations have to be measured at high frequency, simultaneously with the wind velocity, in order to fully capture turbulent fluctuations. This requires the use of high-frequency gas analysers and ultrasonic anemometers. In addition, to analyse flux data with respect to environmental conditions but also to enable corrections in the post-processing procedures, it is necessary to measure additional abiotic variables in close vicinity to the flux measurements. Here we describe the standards the ICOS ecosystem station network has adopted for GHG flux measurements with respect to the setup of instrumentation on towers to maximize measurement precision and accuracy while allowing for flexibility in order to observe specific ecosystem features.
  • Kyttä, Venla (Helsingin yliopisto, 2019)
    Global growing demand to produce more food with less inputs and energy without causing greenhouse gas emissions challenges the current practice of using mineral fertilizers which are produced from new and partly non-renewable raw materials with considerable amount of energy. On the other hand recycled fertilizers made of different side streams and biomasses also need to be processed before usage or the amount needed per area is so great that the environmental advantages might be lost. The aim of this study was to discover and compare the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of recycled fertilizers (ammonium sulfate, biogas digestate and meat bone meal) and mineral fertilizer in production of oat by using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). All recycled fertilizers were found to cause less greenhouse gas emissions and consume less energy than mineral fertilizer. The least emissions caused the usage of ammonium sulfate and the best energy efficiency was achieved with biogas digestate fertilization. Considered relative to global increase in food and energy consumption and control of climate change and recycling of raw materials recycled fertilizers proved to be effective compared to mineral fertilizer. Also on the grounds of land use and yield recycled fertilizers turned out to be potential substitute for mineral fertilizers. Further studies are still needed due to large number of raw materials and constantly increasing amount of processing techniques of recycled fertilizers.
  • Wanhalinna, Viivi (Helsingfors universitet, 2010)
    In this master´s thesis the quantity of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by food supply chain was studied. Also results from life cycle studies related to GHG emissions of bread, flour and some other food material were collected. In the experimental study the carbon footprints (GHG emissions, CO2 equivalents) of wheat and rye breads were calculated. Industrial scale production, Finnish grown wheat and rye, and simplified bread recipes were used as starting points. The life cycle calculations included cultivation, milling and baking phases and also consumer´s action. The amounts of GHG emissions for these phases were obtained from previous studies and the information reported by food enterprises and organizations. The cultivation of wheat and rye were studied separately, but the milling and baking processes were considered similar. The data were collected from two mills and seven bakeries and included details from energy and water consumption and the amount of organic waste and waste water produced. The emissions associated with the production of salt, baker´s yeast, vegetable fat, sugar and packaging material were also included. For consumer´s, there were two scenarios, one included transportation of bread from grocery by car, and 10 % wastage. The other included also toasting of the bread. It was calculated that the carbon footprint of bread was 1400-1500 g of CO2-equivalents/ kg bread. The cultivation´s share was 40 %, the mill´s share was 2 %, the bakery´s share was 45 % and the consumer´s share was 13 %. When the toasting of bread was included, this action alone resulted approximately 180 g more GHG emissions. There was a small difference between the carbon footprint of rye and wheat bread. The difference results mainly from differences in recipes of breads. There are not yet uniform standards to calculate the carbon footprint. Therefore a lot of generalizations and assumptions had to be made in the calculations. Nonetheless the carbon footprint obtained in this study is of the same magnitude as recently obtained in other studies performed in Europe.
  • Pavelka, Marian; Acosta, Manuel; Kiese, Ralf; Altimir, Nuria; Bruemmer, Christian; Crill, Patrick; Darenova, Eva; Fuss, Roland; Gielen, Bert; Graf, Alexander; Klemedtsson, Leif; Lohila, Annalea; Longdoz, Bernhard; Lindroth, Anders; Nilsson, Mats; Jimenez, Sara Maranon; Merbold, Lutz; Montagnani, Leonardo; Peichl, Matthias; Pihlatie, Mari; Pumpanen, Jukka; Ortiz, Penelope Serrano; Silvennoinen, Hanna; Skiba, Ute; Vestin, Patrik; Weslien, Per; Janous, Dalibor; Kutsch, Werner (2018)
    Chamber measurements of trace gas fluxes between the land surface and the atmosphere have been conducted for almost a century. Different chamber techniques, including static and dynamic, have been used with varying degrees of success in estimating greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O) fluxes. However, all of these have certain disadvantages which have either prevented them from providing an adequate estimate of greenhouse gas exchange or restricted them to be used under limited conditions. Generally, chamber methods are relatively low in cost and simple to operate. In combination with the appropriate sample allocations, chamber methods are adaptable for a wide variety of studies from local to global spatial scales, and they are particularly well suited for in situ and laboratory-based studies. Consequently, chamber measurements will play an important role in the portfolio of the Pan-European long-term research infrastructure Integrated Carbon Observation System. The respective working group of the Integrated Carbon Observation System Ecosystem Monitoring Station Assembly has decided to ascertain standards and quality checks for automated and manual chamber systems instead of defining one or several standard systems provided by commercial manufacturers in order to define minimum requirements for chamber measurements. The defined requirements and recommendations related to chamber measurements are described here.
  • Rinne, Janne; Tuittila, Eeva-Stiina; Peltola, Olli; Li, Xuefei; Raivonen, Maarit; Alekseychik, Pavel; Haapanala, Sami; Pihlatie, Mari; Aurela, Mika; Mammarella, Ivan; Vesala, Timo (2018)
    We have analyzed decade-long methane flux data set from a boreal fen, Siikaneva, together with data on environmental parameters and carbon dioxide exchange. The methane flux showed seasonal cycle but no systematic diel cycle. The highest fluxes were observed in July-August with average value of 73 nmol m(-2) s(-1). Wintertime fluxes were small but positive, with January-March average of 6.7 nmol m(-2) s(-1). Daily average methane emission correlated best with peat temperatures at 20-35 cm depths. The second highest correlation was with gross primary production (GPP). The best correspondence between emission algorithm and measured fluxes was found for a variable-slope generalized linear model (r(2) = 0.89) with peat temperature at 35 cm depth and GPP as explanatory variables, slopes varying between years. The homogeneity of slope approach indicated that seasonal variation explained 79% of the sum of squares variation of daily average methane emission, the interannual variation in explanatory factors 7.0%, functional change 5.3%, and random variation 9.1%. Significant correlation between interannual variability of growing season methane emission and that of GPP indicates that on interannual time scales GPP controls methane emission variability, crucially for development of process-based methane emission models. Annual methane emission ranged from 6.0 to 14 gC m(-2) and was 2.7 +/- 0.4% of annual GPP. Over 10-year period methane emission was 18% of net ecosystem exchange as carbon. The weak relation of methane emission to water table position indicates that space-to-time analogy, used to extrapolate spatial chamber data in time, may not be applicable in seasonal time scales.
  • Kohl, Lukas; Koskinen, Markku; Pihlatie, Mari (2021)
    Comment on “Trees as net sinks for methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) in the lowland tropical rain forest on volcanic Réunion Island” by Machacova et al. (2020).
  • Majamäki, Renata (Helsingin yliopisto, 2022)
    Nitrous oxide (N₂O) is a powerful greenhouse gas, and its global warming potential is almost 300 times more compared to carbon dioxide. In the soil ecosystem, N₂O is mainly released into the atmosphere in the microbiological process, denitrification. Subarctic tundra soils are important sources of N₂O and due to global warming, N₂O can be released an increasing amount from these soils in the future. Snow cover and ice layers influence to production of greenhouse gases during winter. In this master’s thesis, active microbial communities and their functional genes were studied from subarctic tundra soils across the five different vegetation types in northern Finland in early April. Additionally, various environmental factors (pH, soil temperature, soil organic matter, soil water content, and snow depth) and gas fluxes of nitrous oxide, methane, and carbon dioxide were studied together with metatranscriptomic data. The study focuses on the genes involved in denitrification, as it is the main process of releasing N₂O. This study showed that microbial activity was notable already in early April and indicated that microorganisms stayed active in these subarctic soils in winter and can continue producing greenhouse gases throughout the year. Kilpisjärvi tundra soils are complex systems, and various environmental factors shaped the abundance and diversity of active denitrifiers, their functional genes, and the production of N₂O. Transcripts of genes involved in denitrification were active and N₂O fluxes ranged from -4 to 21 μg m-2 d-1. Overall production of N₂O from these tundra soils was small, yet evident, and the soils can be notable sources of N₂O in winter.