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Biogeosciences, 14, 5663–5674, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-5663-2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 5663–5674, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-5663-2017

Research article 15 Dec 2017

Research article | 15 Dec 2017

Scotland's forgotten carbon: a national assessment of mid-latitude fjord sedimentary carbon stocks

Craig Smeaton et al.

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Fjord sediments are recognised as hotspots for the burial and long-term storage of carbon. In this study, we use the Scottish fjords as a natural laboratory. Using geophysical and geochemical analysis in combination with upscaling techniques, we have generated the first full national sedimentary C inventory for a fjordic system. The results indicate that the Scottish fjords on a like-for-like basis are more effective as C stores than their terrestrial counterparts, including Scottish peatlands.
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