21 May '12, 9pm

Seagrasses can store as much carbon as trees, study concludes

Arlington, VA — A new study published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience, shows that seagrasses are a vital part of the solution to climate change and that per unit area, seagrass meadows can store up to twice as much carbon as the world’s temperate and tropical forests. The paper, “Seagrass Ecosystems as a Globally Significant Carbon Stock,” is the first global analysis of carbon stored in seagrasses and demonstrates that coastal seagrass beds store up to 83,000 metric tons of carbon per square kilometer, mostly in the soils below them. For comparison, a typical terrestrial forest stores around 30,000 metric tons per square kilometer, most of which is in the form of wood. This research also estimates that, although seagrass meadows occupy less than 0.2 percent of the world’s oceans, they are responsible for more than 10 percent of all carbon buried annually in the...

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