Author Identifier

Oscar Serrano Orcid: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5973-0046 Paul Lavery Orcid: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5162-273X

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Marine Pollution Bulletin

Publisher

Elsevier

Place of Publication

United Kingdom

School

Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research / School of Science

RAS ID

27696

Grant Number

ARC Number : DE170101524

Comments

This is an Authors Accepted Manuscript of: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of: Mazarrasa, I., Samper-Villarreal, J., Serrano, O., Lavery, P. S., Lovelock, C. E., Marbà, N., ... & Cortés, J. (2018). Habitat characteristics provide insights of carbon storage in seagrass meadows. Marine pollution bulletin. 134, 106-117. Available here.

Abstract

Seagrass meadows provide multiple ecosystem services, yet they are among the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Because of their role as carbon sinks, protection and restoration of seagrass meadows contribute to climate change mitigation. Blue Carbon strategies aim to enhance CO2 sequestration and avoid greenhouse gasses emissions through the management of coastal vegetated ecosystems, including seagrass meadows. The implementation of Blue Carbon strategies requires a good understanding of the habitat characteristics that influence Corg sequestration. Here, we review the existing knowledge on Blue Carbon research in seagrass meadows to identify the key habitat characteristics that influence Corg sequestration in seagrass meadows, those factors that threaten this function and those with unclear effects. We demonstrate that not all seagrass habitats have the same potential, identify research priorities and describe the implications of the results found for the implementation and development of efficient Blue Carbon strategies based on seagrass meadows.

DOI

10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.01.059

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