Assessing the risk of carbon dioxide emissions from blue carbon ecosystems

Catherine E. Lovelock, Trisha Atwood, Jeff Baldock, Carlos M. Duarte, Sharyn Hickey, Paul S. Lavery, Pere Masque, Peter I. Macreadie, Aurora M. Ricart, Oscar Serrano, Andy Steven

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

28 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

“Blue carbon” ecosystems, which include tidal marshes, mangrove forests, and seagrass meadows, have large stocks of organic carbon (Corg) in their soils. These carbon stocks are vulnerable to decomposition and – if degraded – can be released to the atmosphere in the form of CO2. We present a framework to help assess the relative risk of CO2 emissions from degraded soils, thereby supporting inclusion of soil Corg into blue carbon projects and establishing a means to prioritize management for their carbon values. Assessing the risk of CO2 emissions after various kinds of disturbances can be accomplished through knowledge of both the size of the soil Corg stock at a site and the likelihood that the soil Corg will decompose to CO2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-265
Number of pages9
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

Fingerprint

carbon dioxide
ecosystems
carbon
ecosystem
soil
seagrass meadow
mangrove forests
relative risk
salt marshes
carbon sinks
mangrove
meadows
marsh
organic carbon
decomposition
disturbance
degradation
atmosphere

Cite this

Lovelock, Catherine E. ; Atwood, Trisha ; Baldock, Jeff ; Duarte, Carlos M. ; Hickey, Sharyn ; Lavery, Paul S. ; Masque, Pere ; Macreadie, Peter I. ; Ricart, Aurora M. ; Serrano, Oscar ; Steven, Andy. / Assessing the risk of carbon dioxide emissions from blue carbon ecosystems. In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2017 ; Vol. 15, No. 5. pp. 257-265.
@article{83dcaef3c1db4fb9be149350fa074017,
title = "Assessing the risk of carbon dioxide emissions from blue carbon ecosystems",
abstract = "“Blue carbon” ecosystems, which include tidal marshes, mangrove forests, and seagrass meadows, have large stocks of organic carbon (Corg) in their soils. These carbon stocks are vulnerable to decomposition and – if degraded – can be released to the atmosphere in the form of CO2. We present a framework to help assess the relative risk of CO2 emissions from degraded soils, thereby supporting inclusion of soil Corg into blue carbon projects and establishing a means to prioritize management for their carbon values. Assessing the risk of CO2 emissions after various kinds of disturbances can be accomplished through knowledge of both the size of the soil Corg stock at a site and the likelihood that the soil Corg will decompose to CO2.",
author = "Lovelock, {Catherine E.} and Trisha Atwood and Jeff Baldock and Duarte, {Carlos M.} and Sharyn Hickey and Lavery, {Paul S.} and Pere Masque and Macreadie, {Peter I.} and Ricart, {Aurora M.} and Oscar Serrano and Andy Steven",
year = "2017",
month = "6",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1002/fee.1491",
language = "English",
volume = "15",
pages = "257--265",
journal = "Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment",
issn = "1540-9295",
publisher = "Ecological Society of America",
number = "5",

}

Lovelock, CE, Atwood, T, Baldock, J, Duarte, CM, Hickey, S, Lavery, PS, Masque, P, Macreadie, PI, Ricart, AM, Serrano, O & Steven, A 2017, 'Assessing the risk of carbon dioxide emissions from blue carbon ecosystems' Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 257-265. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1491

Assessing the risk of carbon dioxide emissions from blue carbon ecosystems. / Lovelock, Catherine E.; Atwood, Trisha; Baldock, Jeff; Duarte, Carlos M.; Hickey, Sharyn; Lavery, Paul S.; Masque, Pere; Macreadie, Peter I.; Ricart, Aurora M.; Serrano, Oscar; Steven, Andy.

In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Vol. 15, No. 5, 01.06.2017, p. 257-265.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Assessing the risk of carbon dioxide emissions from blue carbon ecosystems

AU - Lovelock, Catherine E.

AU - Atwood, Trisha

AU - Baldock, Jeff

AU - Duarte, Carlos M.

AU - Hickey, Sharyn

AU - Lavery, Paul S.

AU - Masque, Pere

AU - Macreadie, Peter I.

AU - Ricart, Aurora M.

AU - Serrano, Oscar

AU - Steven, Andy

PY - 2017/6/1

Y1 - 2017/6/1

N2 - “Blue carbon” ecosystems, which include tidal marshes, mangrove forests, and seagrass meadows, have large stocks of organic carbon (Corg) in their soils. These carbon stocks are vulnerable to decomposition and – if degraded – can be released to the atmosphere in the form of CO2. We present a framework to help assess the relative risk of CO2 emissions from degraded soils, thereby supporting inclusion of soil Corg into blue carbon projects and establishing a means to prioritize management for their carbon values. Assessing the risk of CO2 emissions after various kinds of disturbances can be accomplished through knowledge of both the size of the soil Corg stock at a site and the likelihood that the soil Corg will decompose to CO2.

AB - “Blue carbon” ecosystems, which include tidal marshes, mangrove forests, and seagrass meadows, have large stocks of organic carbon (Corg) in their soils. These carbon stocks are vulnerable to decomposition and – if degraded – can be released to the atmosphere in the form of CO2. We present a framework to help assess the relative risk of CO2 emissions from degraded soils, thereby supporting inclusion of soil Corg into blue carbon projects and establishing a means to prioritize management for their carbon values. Assessing the risk of CO2 emissions after various kinds of disturbances can be accomplished through knowledge of both the size of the soil Corg stock at a site and the likelihood that the soil Corg will decompose to CO2.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85019496627&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1002/fee.1491

DO - 10.1002/fee.1491

M3 - Article

VL - 15

SP - 257

EP - 265

JO - Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

JF - Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

SN - 1540-9295

IS - 5

ER -