Uncertainty in silicate mineral weathering rate estimates: source partitioning and policy implications
2012 (English)In: Environmental Research Letters, ISSN 1748-9326, Vol. 7, no 2, 024025- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Precise and accurate estimates of silicate mineral weathering rates are crucial when setting policy targets for long-term forest sustainability, critical load calculations and assessing consequences of proposed geo-engineering solutions to climate change. In this paper, we scrutinize 394 individual silicate mineral weathering estimates from 82 sites on three continents. We show that within-site differences of several hundred per cent arise when different methods are used to estimate weathering rates, mainly as a result of uncertainties related to input data rather than conceptually different views of the weathering process. While different methods tend to rank sites congruently from high to low weathering rates, large within-site differences in estimated weathering rate suggest that policies relying on quantitative estimates based upon a single method may have undesirable outcomes. We recommend the use of at least three independent estimates when making management decisions related to silicate mineral weathering rates.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 7, no 2, 024025- p.
silicate mineral weathering, uncertainty, sustainability, critical loads, forestry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60348DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/7/2/024025ISI: 000307590300028OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-60348DiVA: diva2:563504