Global patterns in mangrove soil carbon stocks and losses

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Nature Climate Change, ISSN: 1758-678X, Vol: 7, Issue: 7, Page: 523-528

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Atwood, Trisha B.; Connolly, Rod M.; Almahasheer H, Hanan Almahasheer H; Carnell, Paul E.; Duarte, Carlos M.; Lewis, Carolyn J. Ewers; Irigoien, Xavier; Kelleway, Jeffery J.; Lavery, Paul S.; Macreadie, Peter I.; Serrano, Oscar; Sanders, Christian J.; Santos, Isaac; Steven, Andrew D. L.; Lovelock, Catherine E. Show More Hide
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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 COemissions for countries where mangroves occur. Global potential COemissions from soils as a result of mangrove loss were estimated to be ∼7.0 Tg COe yr. Countries with the highest potential CO2 emissions from soils are Indonesia (3,410 Gg COe yr) and Malaysia (1,288 Gg COe yr). The patterns described serve as a baseline by which countries can assess their mangrove soil C stocks and potential emissions from mangrove deforestation.