Mangroves and Salt Marshes

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 191–198 | Cite as

Mangrove forest productivity and biomass accumulation in Hinchinbrook Channel, Australia

  • Barry Clough


Data on stand structure and rates of photosynthesis were used to estimate net canopy carbon fixation and carbon accumulation as living biomass in mangrove forests in Hinchinbrook Channel, Australia. Total annual canopy net carbon fixation was estimated to be about 29 t C ha−1 yr−1. This equates to about 204,000 t C yr−1 for all mangrove forests in Hinchinbrook Channel. Of this, only about 12% was stored as living plant biomass. Although it is not yet possible to present a robust carbon balance for mangrove trees, the remainder is presumably lost through plant respiration, litter fall, root turnover and exudation of organic compounds from roots.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry Clough
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  1. 1.Australian Institute of Marine ScienceTownsville M.C.Australia

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