Wetland Ecosystems and Global Change

Reference work entry
Part of the Handbook of Global Environmental Pollution book series (EGEP, volume 1)


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.


Wetlands Global climate change Carbon cycle Methane Carbon dioxide 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyKenyon CollegeGambierUSA

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