Greenhouse gas production and efficiency of planted and artificially aerated constructed wetlands. Maltais-Landry, G.; Maranger, R.; Brisson, J.; Chazarenc, F..
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by constructed wetlands (CWs) could mitigate the environmental benefits of nutrient removal in these man-made ecosystems. We studied the effect of 3 different macrophyte species and artificial aeration on the rates of nitrous oxide (N2O), carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) production in CW mesocosms over three seasons. CW emitted 2-10 times more GHG than natural wetlands. Overall, CH4 Was the most important GHG emitted in unplanted treatments. Oxygen availability through artificial aeration reduced CH4 fluxes. Plant presence also decreased CH4 fluxes but favoured CO2 production. Nitrous oxide had a minor contribution to global warming potential (GWP < 15%). The introduction of oxygen through artificial aeration combined with plant presence, particularly Typha angustifolia, had the overall best performance among the treatments tested in this study, including lowest GWP, greatest nutrient removal, and best hydraulic properties. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Methane emissions from wastewater management. El-Fadel, M.; Massoud, M..
Greenhouse gas emissions in the form of methane and carbon dioxide are produced when municipal and industrial wastewater and their residual solid by-product (sludge) are handled under or subject to anaerobic conditions, thus contributing to the global warming potential or the greenhouse effect. This paper presents estimation methods used for determining methane emissions from the management of wastewater. Applications for estimating countrywide methane gas emissions from wastewater management are presented with the country of Lebanon as an example. The relative significance of these emissions is assessed in comparison with methane emissions from developing and developed countries. Uncertainty associated with the estimation process and mitigation measures to reduce potential impacts of methane emissions from wastewater management are also discussed.