Articles | Volume 13, issue 22
Research article
14 Nov 2016
Research article |  | 14 Nov 2016

Blue carbon stocks in Baltic Sea eelgrass (Zostera marina) meadows

Maria Emilia Röhr, Christoffer Boström, Paula Canal-Vergés, and Marianne Holmer

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Our results show that Finnish eelgrass meadows are minor carbon sinks compared to the Danish meadows, and that majority of the Corg produced in the Finnish meadows is exported. Similarly, the estimates for Corg accumulation in Finnish meadows were over 1 magnitude lower compared to Denmark. Our results further showed that > 40 % of the variation in the Corg stocks was explained by sediment characteristics. To clarify the role of seagrasses in global carbon budget, more studies are in urgent need.
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