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Seagrass meadows are threatened by expected loss of peatlands in Indonesia

Unsworth, Richard, Jones, Benjamin and Cullen-Unsworth, Leanne 2016. Seagrass meadows are threatened by expected loss of peatlands in Indonesia. Global Change Biology 22 (9) , pp. 2957-2958. 10.1111/gcb.13392

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Seagrass meadows provide one of the most productive stores of carbon in our oceans. They also support marine biodiversity and global food security through their role as fish nurseries and fish foraging grounds. Globally their rate of loss is at least as high as that experienced by tropical rainforests. In SE Asia, due to a paucity of long-term data it is difficult to assign such rates of change but significant loss has occurred, possibly up to 40% (Nadiarti et al., 2012, Tomascik et al., 1997). Risks to these meadows continue, with urban development (including coastal development and run-off) being one of the major risks in the region (Grech et al., 2012, Unsworth & Cullen, 2010).

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Business (Including Economics)
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QK Botany
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1354-1013
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 June 2016
Date of Acceptance: 1 June 2016
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 20:55

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