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Comment on “Understanding the Permafrost–Hydrate System and Associated Methane Releases in the East Siberian Arctic Shelf”

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Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
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Bolin Centre for Climate Research, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
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Baltic Sea Centre, Stockholm University, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
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Geosciences 2019, 9(9), 384; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences9090384
Received: 12 July 2019 / Revised: 4 August 2019 / Accepted: 29 August 2019 / Published: 2 September 2019
The recent paper in Geosciences, “Understanding the Permafrost–Hydrate System and Associated Methane Releases in the East Siberian Arctic Shelf” by Shakhova, Semiletov, and Chuvilin, (henceforth “S2019”), contains a number of false statements about our 2016 paper, “Methane fluxes from the sea to the atmosphere across the Siberian shelf seas”, (henceforth “T2016”). S2019 use three paragraphs of section 5 of their paper to claim methodological errors and issues in T2016. Notably they claim that in T2016, we systematically removed data outliers including data with high methane concentrations; this claim is false. While we appreciate that flawed methodologies can be a problem in any area of science, in this case, the claims made in S2019 are simply false. In this comment, we detail the incorrect claims made in S2019 regarding T2016, and then discuss some additional problematic aspects of S2019. View Full-Text
Keywords: methane; East Siberian Arctic Shelf; laptev sea; East Siberian Sea; methane hydrates methane; East Siberian Arctic Shelf; laptev sea; East Siberian Sea; methane hydrates
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Thornton, B.F.; Geibel, M.C.; Crill, P.M.; Humborg, C.; Mörth, C.-M. Comment on “Understanding the Permafrost–Hydrate System and Associated Methane Releases in the East Siberian Arctic Shelf”. Geosciences 2019, 9, 384.

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