Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Reviews and syntheses
23 Jan 2017
Reviews and syntheses |  | 23 Jan 2017

Reviews and syntheses: Hidden forests, the role of vegetated coastal habitats in the ocean carbon budget

Carlos M. Duarte

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Vegetated coastal habitats (mangroves, seagrass meadows, salt marshes and macroalgal beds) are key contributors to the marine carbon budget, but remain hidden in the representation of the coastal carbon budget. While they have been acknowledged to play an important role in carbon burial, this is small compared to the export flow, which may lead to carbon sequestration beyond these habitats. The carbon fluxes supported by vegetated coastal habitats are globally relevant.
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