Soil Organic Carbon Storage in Restored Salt Marshes in Huntington Beach, California

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There is a growing interest in managing wetland restoration and conservation projects to maximize carbon sequestration. We measured soil organic carbon storage and methane flux from two southern California salt marshes which had been restored for 2 and 22 years. We hypothesized that organic carbon would accumulate following restoration and that methane flux would be negligible in both sites. While methane flux was minimal, soil organic carbon content was generally higher in the more recently restored site. Although there is a potential for carbon sequestration in salt marshes, tracking this process through time may be complicated by initial site conditions.


This article was originally published in Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences, volume 111, issue 2, in 2012.


Southern California Academy of Sciences