Figure : understanding-carbon-flows-vulnerable-coastal-wetlands

Understanding carbon flows in vulnerable coastal wetlands

Figure 3.4


This figure appears in chapter 3 of the Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Global Change Research Program for Fiscal Years 2018-2019 report.

Mangrove forests store large amounts of carbon, protect the coastline from erosion, and provide shelter for many species. The image shows Landsat-based mapping of change in mangrove forests in the Florida Everglades, 2000–2016. Orange indicates areas of loss and degradation in mangroves; blue indicates areas of mangrove gains and regrowth. A) highlights areas of mangrove recovery; B) highlights areas of coastal erosion and mangrove loss; and C) highlights areas of inland mangrove degradation, with areas of inland degradation and resulting collapse of carbon-rich peat soils from saltwater intrusion shown in the inset.

When citing this figure, please reference NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.

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