Articles | Volume 14, issue 18
Biogeosciences, 14, 4375–4389, 2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 4375–4389, 2017

Research article 29 Sep 2017

Research article | 29 Sep 2017

Carbon degradation in agricultural soils flooded with seawater after managed coastal realignment

Kamilla S. Sjøgaard et al.

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Carbon degradation rates, sulfate reduction rates and iron composition in soils flooded with seawater at Gyldensteen Strand, Denmark K. Sjøgaard, A. Treusch, and T. Valdemarsen

Short summary
Permanent flooding of low-lying coastal areas is a growing threat due to climate-change-related sea-level rise. To reduce coastal damage, buffer zones can be created by managed coastal realignment where existing dykes are breached and new dykes are built further inland. We studied the impacts on organic matter degradation in soils flooded with seawater by managed coastal realignment and suggest that most of the organic carbon present in coastal soils will be permanently preserved after flooding.
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