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Global patterns in mangrove soil carbon stocks and losses
Atwood, T.B.; Connolly, R.M.; Almahasheer, H.; Carnell, P.E.; Duarte, C.M.; Ewers Lewis, C.J.; Irigoien, X.; Kelleway, J.J.; Lavery, P.S.; Macreadie, P.I.; Serrano, O.; Sanders, C.J.; Santos, I.; Steven, A.D.L.; Lovelock, C.E. (2017). Global patterns in mangrove soil carbon stocks and losses. Nat. Clim. Chang. 7(7): 523-528. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nclimate3326
In: Nature Climate Change. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 1758-678X; e-ISSN 1758-6798, more
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    Brackish water

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  • Atwood, T.B.
  • Connolly, R.M.
  • Almahasheer, H.
  • Carnell, P.E.
  • Duarte, C.M., more
  • Ewers Lewis, C.J.
  • Irigoien, X.
  • Kelleway, J.J.
  • Lavery, P.S.
  • Macreadie, P.I.
  • Serrano, O.
  • Sanders, C.J.
  • Santos, I.
  • Steven, A.D.L.
  • Lovelock, C.E., more

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 similar to 7.0 Tg CO(2)e yr(-1). Countries with the highest potential CO2 emissions from soils are Indonesia (3,410 Gg CO(2)e yr(-1)) and Malaysia (1,288 Gg CO(2)e 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.

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