Recent primary production increases in arctic lakes

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  • A new application of reflectance spectroscopy enables inferences of lake sediment chlorophyll a concentrations and hence of historical trends in lacustrine primary production. In a survey of six arctic lakes on Baffin Island (Nunavut, Canada), pronounced increases of spectrally-inferred chlorophyll a concentrations are consistently expressed in sediments deposited during the 20th century. Climate warming appears to be increasing both aquatic chlorophyll a production and its sequestration to sediments, as these lakes enter new biological regimes that are largely unique in the context of the late Holocene.

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    An edited version of this paper was published by AGU. Copyright 2006 American Geophysical Union.
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    • Michelutti, N., A. P. Wolfe, R. D. Vinebrooke, B. Rivard, and J. P. Briner (2005), Recent primary production increases in arctic lakes, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L19715, doi:10.1029/2005GL023693.