|Mangrove forest at Kranji Nature Trail|
Daniel Donato of the US Department of Agriculture's Forest Service in Hilo, Hawaii and an international team of researchers examined the carbon content in 25 mangroves scattered across the Indo-Pacific region.
They found that mangroves stored atmospheric CO2 just as well as land-based tropical forests. Below the water line, they were even more efficient, hoarding five times more carbon over the same surface area. The mangrove forest's ability to store such large amounts of carbon can be attributed, in part, to the deep organic-rich soils in which the trees thrive. In fact, mangroves have more carbon in their soil alone than most tropical forests have in all their biomass and soil combined.
|Root of the issue: What goes on underground is vital!|
Mangroves are very important forests! And should be very much a part of International Year of the Forest 2011!
Sadly, mangroves are being rapidly destroyed worldwide, with a 30% decline in the past 50 years. Destruction of mangroves accounts for about 10% of carbon dioxide emissions from deforestation, the second largest source of CO2 after fossil fuel combustion, the study found.
Media articles about the study on wildsingapore news.
Related links on this blog
- Dr John Yong shares on "What is a Healthy Mangrove Ecosystem"
- Saving Singapore last best mangroves at Pulau Tekong
- How much mangroves are left in Singapore?
- What's so marine about International Year of the Forest
- Best map of mangroves reveals true global decline
- World Atlas of Mangroves: all is not lost
- More posts about Singapore mangroves on this blog.
See also lots of articles and comments about mangroves as a carbon sink in the Blue Carbon Portal.