Global patterns in mangrove soil carbon stocks and losses

Trisha B. Atwood, Rod M. Connolly, Rod M. Connolly, Hanan Almahasheer, Paul E. Carnell, Paul E. Carnell, Carlos M. Duarte, Carlos M. Duarte, Carolyn J. Ewers Lewis, Carolyn J. Ewers Lewis, Xabier Irigoien, Xabier Irigoien, Jeffrey J. Kelleway, Jeffrey J. Kelleway, Paul S. Lavery, Paul S. Lavery, Peter I. Macreadie, Peter I. Macreadie, Oscar Serrano, Oscar SerranoChristian J. Sanders, Christian J. Sanders, Isaac Santos, Isaac Santos, Andrew D. L. Steven, Catherine E. Lovelock, Catherine E. Lovelock

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    Abstract

    Mangrove soils represent a large sink for otherwise rapidly recycled carbon (C). However, widespread deforestation threatens the preservation of this important C stock. It is therefore imperative that global patterns in mangrove soil C stocks and their susceptibility to remineralization are understood. Here, we present patterns in mangrove soil C stocks across hemispheres, latitudes, countries and mangrove community compositions, and estimate potential annual CO2 emissions for countries where mangroves occur. Global potential CO2 emissions from soils as a result of mangrove loss were estimated to be ~7.0 Tg CO2e yr−1. Countries with the highest potential CO2 emissions from soils are Indonesia (3,410 Gg CO2e yr−1) and Malaysia (1,288 Gg CO2e yr−1). The patterns described serve as a baseline by which countries can assess their mangrove soil C stocks and potential emissions from mangrove deforestation.
    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)523-528
    Number of pages6
    JournalNature Climate Change
    Volume7
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 26 2017

    Bibliographical note

    KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
    Acknowledgements: Support was provided by the CSIRO Coastal Carbon Biogeochemistry Cluster. We also acknowledge the support of The Oceans Institute of the University of Western Australia, the Global Change Institute of The University of Queensland, and the Australian Research Council (Awards DE130101084, DE170101524, LP160100242, LE140100083 and DP150103286) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) through the baseline fund to C.M.D. We would like to thank P. Terletzky-Gese for assistance with GIS.

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      Atwood, T. B. (Creator), Connolly, R. M. (Creator), Almahasheer, H. (Creator), Carnell, P. E. (Creator), Duarte, C. (Creator), Ewers Lewis, C. J. (Creator), Irigoien, X. (Creator), Kelleway, J. J. (Creator), Lavery, P. S. (Creator), Macreadie, P. I. (Creator), Serrano, O. (Creator), Sanders, C. J. (Creator), Santos, I. (Creator), Steven, A. D. L. (Creator), Lovelock, C. E. (Creator), Atwood, T. B. (Creator), Connolly, R. M. (Creator), Almahasheer, H. (Creator), Carnell, P. E. (Creator), Ewers Lewis, C. J. (Creator), Irigoien, X. (Creator), Kelleway, J. J. (Creator), Lavery, P. S. (Creator), Macreadie, P. I. (Creator), Serrano, O. (Creator), Sanders, C. J. (Creator), Santos, I. (Creator), Steven, A. D. L. (Creator) & Lovelock, C. E. (Creator), PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science, 2017

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