Measuring Greenhouse Gas Emissions From China's Reservoirs
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2014
©2014. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.
Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 95, Issue 1, pages 1–2, 7 January 2014
How to Cite
2014), Measuring Greenhouse Gas Emissions From China's Reservoirs, Eos Trans. AGU, 95(1), 1., and (
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2014
- National Natural Science Foundation of China. Grant Number: 41303065
- Project of Zhejiang Scientific and Technological Plan. Grant Number: 2011F20025
- Cited By
- Greenhouse gas;
- Carbon dioxide
Hydroelectricity has typically been regarded as a green energy source, but reservoirs created for its generation emit greenhouse gases (GHGs) just as natural lakes and rivers do. The role of reservoirs in GHG emissions has been overlooked. Substantial amounts of methane (CH4) are emitted from reservoir surfaces every year, which account for about 20% of the total CH4 emission from inland waters. GHG emissions (transferred into carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents) from some tropical reservoirs even exceed CO2 emissions from thermal power plants if the same amount of electricity is generated.