Skip to main content
placeholder image

Rising seas allow coastal wetlands to store more carbon

Journal Article


Abstract


  • 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.

    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.

    In our research, published today in Nature, we found that carbon storage by coastal wetlands is linked to sea-level rise. Our findings suggest as sea levels rise, these wetlands can help mitigate climate change.

Authors


  •   Rogers, Kerrylee
  •   Kelleway, Jeffrey (external author)
  •   Saintilan, Neil (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Rogers, K., Kelleway, J. & Saintilan, N. (2019). Rising seas allow coastal wetlands to store more carbon. The Conversation, 7 March 1-5.

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 5

Volume


  • 7 March

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • 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.

    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.

    In our research, published today in Nature, we found that carbon storage by coastal wetlands is linked to sea-level rise. Our findings suggest as sea levels rise, these wetlands can help mitigate climate change.

Authors


  •   Rogers, Kerrylee
  •   Kelleway, Jeffrey (external author)
  •   Saintilan, Neil (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Rogers, K., Kelleway, J. & Saintilan, N. (2019). Rising seas allow coastal wetlands to store more carbon. The Conversation, 7 March 1-5.

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 5

Volume


  • 7 March

Place Of Publication


  • Australia