Muhammad Rendana This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.1, Wan Mohd Razi Idris This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.2, Sahibin Abdul Rahim3

1 Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Sriwijaya, Indralaya 30662 Sumatera Selatan, Indonesia
2 Department of Earth Sciences and Environmental, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
3 Environmental Science Program, Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia


Received: March 30, 2021
Revised: June 11, 2021
Accepted: June 16, 2021

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Rendana, M., Idris, W.M.R., Rahim, S.A. (2021). Atmospheric Methane Condition over the South Sumatera Peatland during COVID-19 Pandemic. Aerosol Air Qual. Res.



The degradation of peatlands through anthropogenic activities recently has contributed to low carbon uptake from the air. Peatlands are one of the largest sources of CH4 (methane) emissions in terrestrial ecosystems, but during the COVID-19 pandemic with restriction policy was applied, it can affect the atmospheric CH4 concentration and change the atmospheric greenhouse gases. In Indonesia, the lockdown policy was known as the Large-Scale Social Restriction (LSSR) that was implemented in high COVID-19 case areas. In this study, the atmospheric CH4 concentration over the tropical peatlands in the South Sumatera Province of Indonesia was examined at three different periods such as before the COVID-19 pandemic (March and May 2019), before LSSR (March 2020), and during LSSR (May 2020). The CH4 concentration was measured using Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua Satellite, while the Gross Primary Production (GPP) was measured by the NASA’s Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra Satellite. The results of the study revealed the average atmospheric CH4 concentration over the South Sumatera Peatland was about 1.73 ppm, which decreased by 5.5% during the LSSR period. Furthermore, GPP values were observed ranging from 53.3 to 63.9 g C m-2 day-1 during the LSSR which indicated high carbon uptake from the atmosphere. In conclusion, the LSSR application has significantly influenced the atmospheric CH4 over the peatlands through restriction of human activities such as land-use conversion, biomass burning, forest fire and etc.

Keywords: Atmospheric CH4, COVID-19, Gross primary production, LSSR, Peatland

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