Rising seas allow coastal wetlands to store more carbon
Coastal wetlands don’t cover much global area but they punch well above their carbon weight by sequestering the most atmospheric carbon dioxide of all natural ecosystems, write Environmental Sciences' Dr Jeffrey Kelleway and Professor Neil Saintilan and the University of Wollongong's Associate Professor Kerrylee Rogers in The Conversation.
Termed “blue carbon ecosystems” by virtue of their connection to the sea, the salty, oxygen-depleted soils in which wetlands grow are ideal for burying and storing organic carbon.
Image by Katie Haenn.
Published 12 March 2019.