Peat decomposition in central Congo was triggered by a drying climate

The world's largest tropical peatland complex is in the central Congo Basin. A drying of the climate between 5,000 and 2,000 years ago triggered decomposition of peat in the Congo Basin and emission of carbon into the atmosphere. The tipping point at which drought results in carbon release might accelerate future climate change if regional droughts become more common.
  • Authors: Ifo, S.A., Garcin, Y.
  • Author Affiliation: UDICE-French Research Universities, Aix-Marseille Universite
  • Subjects: ecology, climate sciences, biogeochemistry
  • Publication type: Journal Article
  • Source: Nature
  • Year: 2022
  • DOI:
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