Title

Global patterns in mangrove soil carbon stocks and losses

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Atwood, TB, Connolly, RM, Almahasheer, H, Carnell, PE, Duarte, CM, Ewers Lewis, CJ, Irigoien, X, Kelleway, JJ, Lavery, PS, Macreadie, PI, Serrano, O, Sanders CJ, Santos, I, Steven, ADL & Lovelock, CE 2017, 'Global patterns in mangrove soil carbon stocks and losses', Nature Climate Change, vol. 7, pp. 523-528.

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https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nclimate3326

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Peer-Reviewed

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.