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Title: Ecosystem carbon stocks of intertidal habitats at Chek Jawa, Singapore
Keywords: blue carbon, climate change mitigation, ecosystem services, intertidal habitats
Issue Date: 23-Jan-2015
Citation: PHANG XIN HUI VALERIE (2015-01-23). Ecosystem carbon stocks of intertidal habitats at Chek Jawa, Singapore. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis investigates the aboveground, belowground and sediment organic carbon pools at Chek Jawa, Singapore. It is the first study of ecosystem carbon stocks of both vegetated and unvegetated intertidal habitats in the tropics. Ecosystem carbon stock was 497 Mg C ha⁻¹ in the mangrove forest and 138 Mg C ha⁻¹ in the seagrass meadow. Sediment organic carbon stock dominated the total storage in both habitats, constituting 62% and >99% in the mangrove forest and seagrass meadow respectively. In the adjacent mudflat and sandbars, which had no vegetative components, sediment organic carbon stock ranged from 124-143 Mg C ha⁻¹, suggesting that unvegetated habitats have a carbon storage role on the same order of importance as seagrass meadows. This study reinforces the importance of sediment in carbon storage within the intertidal ecosystem, and demonstrates the need to consider unvegetated habitats in intertidal `blue carbon' stock assessments.
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