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MARSH-C-LEVEL - The role of Baixo Vouga Lagunar salt marshes on carbon storage as an ecosystem service: Effects of sea level rise
Coordinator - Ana I. Sousa
Programme - Observatoire Hommes-Millieux International (OHMI)
Execution dates - 2015-03-13 - 2016-06-30 (16 Months)
Funding Entity - CNRS/INEE, via OHMI (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/Institut Ecologie et Environnement, via OHMI – International Observatory Hommes-Millieux)
Funding for CESAM - 6000 €
Total Funding - 6000 €
Proponent Institution - Universidade de Aveiro


Salt marshes are amongst the most productive ecosystems in the world and provide important ecosystem services, namely regulation and maintenance of coastal areas. Acting as coastal filters, salt marshes also have important roles in carbon (C) storage, thus contributing to climate regulation at local and global levels. Nevertheless, these habitats have been converted or degraded due to many drivers and pressures, and its sustainability and C storage capacity might be threatened by climate change effects. As a result of global climate change and sea level rise, Baixo Vouga Lagunar (BVL) salt marshes, included in Ria de Aveiro (Portugal), are likely to be affected and, consequently, the services they provide, namely C storage. The main goals in this project are to analyse the BVL salt marshes phytosociological composition trend and to assess their C storage capacity, as an ecosystem service.


 




Members on this project
Ana Isabel Sousa
Coordinator

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