Reference Work Entry

Global Environmental Change

Volume 1 of the series Handbook of Global Environmental Pollution pp 255-261


Wetland Ecosystems and Global Change

  • M. Siobhan FennessyAffiliated withDepartment of Biology, Kenyon College Email author 


The effects of global climate change will have serious consequences for wetland ecosystems, which store a substantial portion of the world’s carbon and so act to buffer the increasing concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Warmer and drier conditions may lead to increases in the flux of carbon from wetlands to the atmosphere, the loss of both inland and coastal wetlands, their biodiversity, and the provision of ecosystem services.


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