Journal article

Carbon stocks, sequestration, and emissions of wetlands in south eastern Australia

Paul E Carnell, Saras M Windecker, Madeline Brenker, Jeff Baldock, Pere Masque, Kate Brunt, Peter I Macreadie



Nontidal wetlands are estimated to contribute significantly to the soil carbon pool across the globe. However, our understanding of the occurrence and variability of carbon storage between wetland types and across regions represents a major impediment to the ability of nations to include wetlands in greenhouse gas inventories and carbon offset initiatives. We performed a large-scale survey of nontidal wetland soil carbon stocks and accretion rates from the state of Victoria in south-eastern Australia-a region spanning 237,000 km2 and containing >35,000 temperate, alpine, and semi-arid wetlands. From an analysis of >1,600 samples across 103 wetlands, we found that alpine wetlands had the high..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship

Awarded by Generalitat de Catalunya

Awarded by ICTA "Unit of Excellence", MinECo

Funding Acknowledgements

Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, Victorian Government; Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship, Grant/Award Number: DE130101084, LP160100242, LE170100219; The Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment to SMW; Generalitat de Catalunya, Grant/Award Number: 2014 SGR-1356; ICTA "Unit of Excellence", Grant/Award Number: MinECo, MDM2015-0552