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Global warming (地球温暖化)

Mount Usu / Sarobetsu post-mined peatland
From left: Crater basin in 1986 and 2006. Cottongrass / Daylily


[ temperature | thermal time | warming experiment | methane ]

Greenhouse effect (温室効果)

Thermal radiation from a planetary surface is absorbed and re-radiated by atmospheric greenhouse gases represented by CO2


electromagnetic spectrum (電磁スペクトル), climate (気候)

A physical property of a system that underlies the common notions of hot and cold

absolute temperature
centigrade temperature (degrees C, 摂氏)
Fahrenheit temperature (degrees F, 華氏) → unit transformation (単位換算)
Kelvin temperature

cherry blossom front (桜前線)

Thermal time

Concerened with seed germination (種子発芽) (Black et al. 2006)

Cumulative temperature above a base temperature below which plant development (or germination) ceases, and is often calculated on a daily basis, as follows.

Tt (°C d) = Σ(((Tmax - Tmin)/2) - Tb)

where Tmax and Tmin are the daily maximum and minimum temperatures and Tb is the base temperature.
Data are plotted as the reciprocal of the duration (in days) to x% germination against the mean temperature (T). The inverse of duration (1 d-1) represents the development rate (DR). Least squares regression analysis was used for the positive linear portion of the response whereby:

DR = a1 + b1T
Tb = -a1/b1
Tt = 1/b1

seed dormancy (種子休眠)

Warming experiment (温暖化実験)

To demonstrate the effects of climate chages on plants in fields, the following field experiments are important.

Types of experiments

Table 1a. Comparison of currently used methods for experimental warming of terrestrial ecosystems (Shaver et al. 2000)

MethodMechanisms of warmingAdvantageDisadvantage
Field greenhouse "Greenhouse warming" (i.e., reflection of reradiated infrared energy and reduced advective energy loss) Simple and inexpensive; requires no electrical power Little or no temperature control and large temperature variability; other artifacts include altered light, wind, humidity, and precipitation regimes
Passive open-top chamber (OTC) Same as above Same as above Little or no temperature control; altered wind and humidity; only small areas can be manipulated uniformly
Active open-top chamber (OTC) Same as above plus warming by advection of electrically heated, forced warm air Precise control of air temperature difference; may be combined with CO2 control Altered wind regime, humidity, and evapotranspiration
Active soil warming Warming by conduction from buried electrical resistance cables Precise control of soil temperature difference; may be combined with greenhouses or OTCs Altered soil moisture regime; no effect on aboveground temperatures
Electric infrared heat Warming by increased infrared radiation Precise control of energy input; direct simulation of global change in energy balance Warming depends entirely on radiation; no change in advective energy inputs
Reciprocal or one-way transplantation Transplantation of plants, soils, or whole plant?soil systems to warmer or cooler locations Comparison of relatively natural temperature gradients Disturbance effects; multiple environmental changes make it difficult to assign specific causes to responses observed
GH1 OTC2 Toolik [1] Greenhouse and shaded house for monitoring the effects of climate chagne for long-term at Toolik Research Station on August 8 2009 (68°38'N, 149°36'W). [2] an open-top chamber established at Abisko Scientific Research Station, Abisko, Sweden on September 24 2000 (Photo by Wada N.)

Ecology and global warming (地球温暖化生態学特論), references

Methane (メタン)

Methane is the one of the major global-warming gas. Global Warnming Potential (GWP) is 21.

wetland (湿原)

Methane emissions

Methane flux and vegetation types in grassy marshlands near Kolyma River, northern Siberia

Table 2. Mean values with standard error of each environmental factor in each cluster group. The different letters upper-right the mean values indicate significantly different at P < 0.01 (Tukey's HSD test). Except for the measurement of pH, EC, Eh and thaw depth in cluster group 1 where we did not measure in four plots, sample numbers are coincidence with number of plots clustered by TWINSPAN (Table 1). On water depth, minus value indicates the depth of soil where the ground water appeared. (Tsuyuzaki et al. 2001)

Grassland type Eriophorum grassland Horsetail grassland Carex grassland All plots
Water depth (cm)-5.1 ± 0.8a5.2 ± 0.3b5.4 ± 0.5b2.90 ± 0.6
pH5.75 ± 0.04a6.15 ± 0.03b6.25 ± 0.01c6.08 ± 0.03
Air temperature (°C)18.8 ± 0.917.0 ± 1.017.4 ± 0.317.5 ± 0.6
EC (mS/m)5.20 ± 0.29a8.86 ± 0.30b6.61 ± 0.13c7.64 ± 0.26
Eh (mV)451.4 ± 7.8a455.7 ± 2.0a454.9 ± 1.2a454.6 ± 2.2
Soil humidity (%)49.8 ± 2.3a63.8 ± 1.4b55.5 ± 1.0a58.6 ± 1.2
Thaw depth (cm)39.7 ± 0.8a69.4 ± 3.2b59.4 ± 0.4b59.8 ± 2.5
Elevation difference (cm)7.6 ± 0.8a10.1 ± 0.4a14.7 ± 0.9b10.2 ± 0.4
Methane flux (mg CH4/m²/d)-1.9 ± 1.6a165.5 ± 6.8b73.2 ± 4.9c105.1 ± 9.5

It may be possible that terrestial plants emit methane under aerobic conditions that has not been mentioned (Keppler et al. 2006).

Scenario (シナリオ)

IPCC Representative Concentration Pathways (RCP)