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Event Symposium "Methane in Lakes and Wetlands"

Lakes and other wetlands are an important source of methane, the third most important greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. However, the absolute contribution of methane from these ecosystems to the atmosphere and the 
role of abiotic and biotic factors in determining overall methane fluxes are still under debate. As a consequence it is presently difficult to assess how methane from wetlands will respond to future climatic change. Within a one-day symposium on 12 September 2011, invited contributions will address aspects as different as the microbial production of methane in lakes and other wetlands, the uptake of methane within lake and stream food webs, the biotic and abiotic controls of methane fluxes in these ecosystems and the role of methane from lakes and wetlands as drivers of past and future climate change. Participation is free of charge, but attendees are kindly requested to register on <> by 19 August 2011.

Poster presentations by participants are welcome and will be on display during the 90 minute lunchbreak and the coffee breaks. A preliminary symposium programme will be published soon. 

Invited speakers: Dr. Paul Bodelier (Netherlands Institute of Ecology), Dr. Jonathan Grey (Queen Mary University of London), Prof. Dr. Roger Jones (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Paula Kankaala (University of Eastern Finland Joensuu), Dr. Pirkko Kortelainen (Finnish Environment Institute), Dr. Tonya del Sontro, Dr. Carsten Schubert, (both EAWAG),  Prof. Dr. Moritz Lehmann, Dr. Helge Niemann (both University of Basel), Prof. Dr. Josef Zeyer (ETH Zürich), Prof. Dr. Markus Leuenberger, Jos Schilder, Dr. Jochen Schmitt, Dr. Renato Spahni, Dr. Maarten van Hardenbroek (all Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research)

Organisers: Dr. Oliver Heiri, Dr. Maarten van Hardenbroek, Päivi Rinta, Jos Schilder, Tabea Stötter 

Contact: Dr. Oliver Heiri, Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland, 

Tel. +41 31 631 51 95, <>

Contact information Dr. Oliver Heiri, Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland, (email:
Phone: +41 31 631 51 95
Event type Conference
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Geographical coverage Switzerland,
Address U Bern, Switzerland
Organizer Dr. Oliver Heiri, Dr. Maarten van Hardenbroek, Päivi Rinta, Jos Schilder, Tabea Stötter
Target audience International
Period 12/09/2011
Status Confirmed
Working language(s) ENGLISH