CO2 Efflux from cleared mangrove peat

Lovelock, Catherine E., Ruess, Roger W. and Feller, Ilka C. (2011) CO2 Efflux from cleared mangrove peat. PLoS One, 6 6: e21279-1-e21279-4. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021279

Author Lovelock, Catherine E.
Ruess, Roger W.
Feller, Ilka C.
Title CO2 Efflux from cleared mangrove peat
Formatted title
CO2 efflux from cleared mangrove peat
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2011-06-29
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0021279
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Issue 6
Start page e21279-1
End page e21279-4
Total pages 4
Editor Simon Thrush
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
Publisher Public Library of Science
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: CO2 emissions from cleared mangrove areas may be substantial, increasing the costs of continued losses of these ecosystems, particularly in mangroves that have highly organic soils.

Methodology/Principal Findings: We measured CO2 efflux from mangrove soils that had been cleared for up to 20 years on the islands of Twin Cays, Belize. We also disturbed these cleared peat soils to assess what disturbance of soils after clearing may have on CO2 efflux. CO2 efflux from soils declines from time of clearing from ~10 600 tonnes km−2 year−1 in the first year to 3000 tonnes km2 year−1 after 20 years since clearing. Disturbing peat leads to short term increases in CO2 efflux (27 umol m−2 s−1), but this had returned to baseline levels within 2 days.

Conclusions/Significance: Deforesting mangroves that grow on peat soils results in CO2 emissions that are comparable to rates estimated for peat collapse in other tropical ecosystems. Preventing deforestation presents an opportunity for countries to benefit from carbon payments for preservation of threatened carbon stocks.
Keyword Shrimp ponds
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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