Appreciating interconnectivity between habitats is key to Blue Carbon management

Smale, DA; Moore, PJ; Queiros, AM; Higgs, S; Burrows, MT. 2018 Appreciating interconnectivity between habitats is key to Blue Carbon management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 16 (2). 71-73. doi.org/10.1002/fee.1765

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Abstract/Summary

We welcome the recent synthesis by Howard et al. (2017), which drew attention to the role of marine systems and natural carbon sequestration in the oceans as a fundamental aspect of climate-change mitigation. The importance of long-term carbon storage in marine habitats (ie “blue carbon”) is rapidly gaining recognition and is increasingly a focus of national and international attempts to mitigate rising atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide. However, effectively managing blue carbon requires an appreciation of the inherent connectivity between marine populations and habitats. More so than their terrestrial counterparts, marine ecosystems are “open”, with high rates of transfer of energy, matter, genetic material, and species across regional seascapes (Kinlan and Gaines 2003). We suggest that policy frameworks, and the science underpinning them, should focus not only on carbon sink habitats but also on carbon source habitats, which play critical roles in marine carbon cycling and natural carbon sequestration in the oceans.

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Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Copyright by the Ecological Society of America - Smale, DA; Moore, PJ; Queiros, AM; Higgs, S; Burrows, MT. 2017 Appreciating interconnectivity between habitats is key to Blue Carbon management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
Subjects: Biology
Ecology and Environment
Management
Marine Sciences
Planning
Policies
Divisions: Marine Biological Association of the UK > Ecosystems and Environmental Change > Movement ecology, behaviour and population structure
Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine Ecology and Biodiversity
Depositing User: Ana Queiros
Date made live: 21 Mar 2018 14:11
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2018 14:11
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/7550

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