Articles | Volume 13, issue 1
Biogeosciences, 13, 313–321, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-313-2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 313–321, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-313-2016
Research article
15 Jan 2016
Research article | 15 Jan 2016

Carbon storage in seagrass soils: long-term nutrient history exceeds the effects of near-term nutrient enrichment

A. R. Armitage and J. W. Fourqurean

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The emerging field of blue carbon research seeks to quantify the carbon sequestration in coastal habitats. Seagrasses are highly productive, and have a particularly large carbon storage capacity, relative to area. This study evaluated the influence of nutrient input on seagrass carbon stocks in Florida Bay (USA). There was high carbon content in the soils, indicating that seagrass beds have extremely high carbon storage potential, even in nutrient-limited areas with low biomass or productivity.
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