The Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2) culminated in 19 chapters that spanned all North American sectors – from Energy Systems to Agriculture and Land Use – known to be important for understanding carbon (C) cycling and accounting. Wetlands, both inland and coastal, were found to be significant components of C fluxes along the terrestrial to aquatic hydrologic continuum. In this chapter, we synthesize the role of wetlands in the overall C footprint of North America (from Canada to Mexico) as one metric of the societal values placed on these terrestrial-aquatic interfaces. We also summarize the effects of management activities and climate change on the wetland C cycle and give some perspectives on the current and future importance of wetlands to society.
|Title||The importance of wetland carbon dynamics to society: Insight from the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Science Report|
|Authors||Randall Kolka, Carl Trettin, Lisamarie Windham-Myers|
|Publication Type||Book Chapter|
|Publication Subtype||Book Chapter|
|Series Title||Geophysical Monograph Series|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||WMA - Earth System Processes Division|