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Title Carbon storage in mangrove and peatland ecosystems : a preliminary account from plots in Indonesia / Daniel Murdiyarso [and others]
Published Bogor Barat, Indonesia : Center for International Forestry Research, 2010
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Description 35 pages : color illustrations, color maps (digital, PDF file)
Series Working paper / Center for International Forestry Research ; 48
Working paper (Center for International Forestry Research) ; 48
Summary Tropical mangroves and peat swamp forests provide numerous ecosystem services, including nutrient cycling, sediment trapping, protection from cyclones and tsunamis, habitat for numerous organisms (many economically important) and wood for lumber and fuel. Among the most important of these functions, but poorly quantified, is ecosystem carbon (C) storage. The estimated carbon stored in these ecosystems is so large that it makes mangrove and peatland important for climate change mitigation. However, these ecosystem are especially vulnerable to climate and land use change. The region comprising Southeast Asia and the western Pacific Islands (the Indo-Pacific) is the global epicenter of mangroves and tropical peat swamp forests. Approximately 40% of the world's mangroves, or 6 million ha, occur in this region alone. Standing biomass per area reaches higher values than in any other locale. In addition, Southeast Asia has 25 million ha of peatlands, which is 60% of all tropical peatlands. Because mangroves and peat swamp forests have high root-shoot ratios and occur on organic-rich soils several meters deep, total C storage in these ecosystems may be among the largest forest C-pools on Earth. However, data quantifying these globally significant carbon stores are lacking
Notes Title from PDF title screen (viewed Nov. 4, 2010)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 32-33)
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader
Subject Biomass -- Carbon content -- Indonesia
Carbon dioxide mitigation
Carbon sequestration -- Indonesia -- Measurement
Forests and forestry -- Environmental aspects -- Tropics
Mangrove forests -- Environmental aspects -- Indonesia
Mangrove plants -- Carbon content -- Indonesia
Peatland plants -- Carbon content -- Indonesia
Peatlands -- Environmental aspects -- Indonesia
Carbon dioxide mitigation.
Forests and forestry -- Environmental aspects.
Form Electronic book
Author Murdiyarso, Daniel
Center for International Forestry Research