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Author(s):A. Escolano-Moltó, S. Flecha, R. Vaquer-Sunyer, M. Wesselmann, N. Marbà, I. E. Hendriks
Title:Mediterranean seagrasses as carbon sinks: Methodological and regional differences
Journal:Biogeosciences Discussions
Issue No.:1
Abstract:The increasing rates of CO2 due to anthropogenic activities are causing important potential climate threats for the Mediterranean Sea: ocean acidification and warming. In this region, two seagrass species, Posidonia oceanica and Cymodocea nodosa can play a crucial role in climate change mitigation. Through their metabolic activity, they can act as carbon sinks; buffer lowering pH values during the day and store carbon in the sediment underneath their meadows. In this study we analyse the metabolism synthesized from published data on seagrass community metabolism and from own results to evaluate trends through time of these two species comparing two methodologies: benthic chambers and multiparametric sensors. Furthermore, we analysed seasonal trends of both seagrass species´ metabolic rates and their variation between the Eastern and Western Mediterranean basins, with no significant results despite the clear visual trends. Our analysis revealed that there are significant differences between methodologies, with multiparametric sensors estimating higher rates, but unable to differentiate between habitats and useful to assess seagrass metabolism at a community level whereas benthic chambers are capable to evaluate rates at a seagrass species level. We found significant differences between the two Mediterranean regions for both methodologies, with highest rates of Net Community Production found in the Easter basin. At a species level, we found that Posidonia was more productive compared to Cymodocea. Furthermore, 86.7 % of the metabolic values reflected that the meadows were acting as carbon sinks in the Western basin

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  • Nuria Marbà Bordalba
  • Iris Eline Hendriks
  • Marlene Wesselmann
  • Susana Flecha Saura
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  • Oceanography and Global Change
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  • Global Change Research