The effect of ocean acidification on carbon storage and sequestration in seagrass beds; a global and UK context

Garrard, SL; Beaumont, NJ. 2014 The effect of ocean acidification on carbon storage and sequestration in seagrass beds; a global and UK context. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 86 (1-2). 138-146. 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.07.032

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.07.032

Abstract/Summary

Ocean acidification will have many negative consequences for marine organisms and ecosystems, leading to a decline in many ecosystem services provided by the marine environment. This study reviews the effect of ocean acidification (OA) on seagrasses, assessing how this may affect their capacity to sequester carbon in the future and providing an economic valuation of these changes. If ocean acidification leads to a significant increase in above- and below-ground biomass, the capacity of seagrass to sequester carbon will be significantly increased. The associated value of this increase in sequestration capacity is approximately 500 and 600 billion globally between 2010 and 2100. A proportionally similar increase in carbon sequestration value was found for the UK. This study highlights one of the few positive stories for ocean acidification and underlines that sustainable management of seagrasses is critical to avoid their continued degradation and loss of carbon sequestration capacity.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: Carbon sequestration; Ecosystem services; Ocean acidification; Seagrass; Valuation
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Sea and Society
Depositing User: Mrs Julia Crocker
Date made live: 02 Oct 2014 15:45
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:12
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/6210

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