thumbnail

North American prairie wetlands are important nonforested land-based carbon storage sites

Science of the Total Environment

By:
, , , , , , ,
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2005.06.007

Links

Abstract

We evaluated the potential of prairie wetlands in North America as carbon sinks. Agricultural conversion has resulted in the average loss of 10.1 Mg ha- 1 of soil organic carbon on over 16 million ha of wetlands in this region. Wetland restoration has potential to sequester 378 Tg of organic carbon over a 10-year period. Wetlands can sequester over twice the organic carbon as no-till cropland on only about 17% of the total land area in the region. We estimate that wetland restoration has potential to offset 2.4% of the annual fossil CO2 emission reported for North America in 1990.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
North American prairie wetlands are important nonforested land-based carbon storage sites
Series title:
Science of the Total Environment
DOI:
10.1016/j.scitotenv.2005.06.007
Volume
36
Issue:
1-3
Year Published:
2006
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description:
p. 179-188
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
179
Last page:
188
Number of Pages:
10