Export from Seagrass Meadows Contributes to Marine Carbon Sequestration

Carlos M. Duarte, Dorte Krause-Jensen

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Seagrasses export a substantial portion of their primary production, both in particulate and dissolved organic form, but the fate of this export production remains unaccounted for in terms of seagrass carbon sequestration. Here we review available evidence on the fate of seagrass carbon export to conclude that this represents a significant contribution to carbon sequestration, both in sediments outside seagrass meadows and in the deep sea. The evidence presented implies that the contribution of seagrass meadows to carbon sequestration has been underestimated by only including carbon burial within seagrass sediments.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Issue numberJAN
StatePublished - Jan 17 2017

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Acknowledgements: The study was funded by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology through the baseline funding to CD. DK received support from the COCOA project under the BONUS program funded by the EU 7th framework program and the Danish Research Council and from the NOVAGRASS (0603-00003DSF) project funded by the Danish Council for Strategic Research. We thank Tinna Christensen and Ane Kjeldgård for help with the figures.


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