Generation, sink, and emission of greenhouse gases by urban soils at different stages of the floodplain development in Moscow

  • Yana Lebed-SharlevichEmail author
  • Svetlana Kulachkova
  • Nadezhda Mozharova
SUITMA 9: Urbanization — Challenges and Opportunities for Soil Functions and Ecosystem Services



The purpose of this research was to study the generation, sink, and emission of greenhouse gases by soils on technogenic parent materials, created at different stages of the Moskva River floodplain development (1—construction and 2—landscaping of residential areas).

Materials and methods

Field surveys revealed the spatial trends of concentration and emission of the greenhouse gases in following groups of soils: Retisols (RT-ab-ct) and Fluvisols (FL-hu, before land engineering preparation for the construction, Urbic Technosols Transportic ( and at stage 1 and Urbic Technosols Folic (TC-ub-fo) at stage 2. CO2 and CH4 concentration in soils and their emission were determined using subsurface soil air equilibration tubes and the closed chamber method, respectively. Bacterial methane generation rate (MGR) and methane oxidation rate (MOR) were measured by kinetic methods.

Results and discussion

In natural soils MOR is caused only by intra-aggregate methanogenesis. The imbalance of methane generation and oxidation was observed in It caused CH4 accumulation in the profile (7.5 ppm) and its emission to the atmosphere (0.11 mg CH4 m−2 h−1). RT-ab-ct acted as the sink of atmospheric methane. CO2 emission was 265.1 ± 24.0 and 151.9 ± 37.2 mg CO2 m−2 h−1 from RT-ab-ct and, respectively. In Technosols CH4 concentration was predominantly low (median was 2.7, 2.9, and 3.0 ppm, in,, and TC-ub-fo, respectively), but due to the occurrence of peat sediments under technogenic material, it increased to 1–2%. Methane emission was not observed due to functioning of biogeochemical barriers with high MOR. In and, the barriers were formed at 60-cm depth. In TC-ub-fo, the system of barriers was formed in Folic and Technic horizons (at 10- and 60-cm depth). CO2 emission was 2 times lower from and and 1.5 times higher from TC-ub-fo than from natural soils.


Greenhouse gas generation, sink, and emission by natural soils and Technosols in floodplain were estimated. CO2 and CH4 content in Technosols varied depending on the properties of parent materials. Technosols at stage 1 did not emit CH4 due to formation of biogeochemical barriers—soil layers of high CH4 utilization rates. Urbic Technosols (Folic) at stage 2 performed as a source of significant CO2 emission.


Greenhouse gas emission Methane oxidation Technosols Urban soils 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yana Lebed-Sharlevich
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Svetlana Kulachkova
    • 1
  • Nadezhda Mozharova
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Soil ScienceLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Centre for Strategic PlanningRussian Ministry of HealthMoscowRussia

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