Managing wetlands for carbon storage in an agricultural landscape I: Threats and management options

Susanne C. Watkins (Presenter), Sarah E. M. A. Ning, Darren Baldwin, Helen Waudby, Patricia Bowen, Deborah Nias, Rhonda Sinclair

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Abstract

Global acknowledgement of climate change and its predicted environmental consequences has created a need for practical management techniques that increase a landscape’s ability to capture and store atmospheric carbon (C). Wetlands sequester disproportionally more C than many other components of the landscape, however, degradation of wetlands may impact their ability to sequester C. In Inland New South Wales, Australia, rain-filled wetlands are common in agricultural areas where they are threatened by livestock grazing, vegetation clearing, cropping, pests and weeds. Rain-filled wetlands offer a challenge for the management of C sequestration and storage because the hydrology of these systems, a critical diver of C capture and storage, is almost entirely driven by rainfall. We present a conceptual model of how management options, including weed and pest control, grazing and crop management and revegetation, will affect C sequestration and storage in rain-filled wetlands.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event5th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science - University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
Duration: 19 Nov 201724 Nov 2017
Conference number: 5
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Conference

Conference5th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science
Abbreviated titleIntegrating multiple values
CountryNew Zealand
CityHamilton
Period19/11/1724/11/17
OtherThe 5th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science (ISRS) is being hosted by the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, over 19-24 November 2017, in collaboration with the Waikato River Authority (WRA) and the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society (NZFSS). The conference theme is “Integrating multiple values” addresses a key challenge for water resource managers tasked with achieving outcomes that satisfy growing human demands while protecting environmental values . Science and other forms of environmental knowledge play key roles in understanding issues and developing solutions for river managers, and the 2017 conference will provide a forum for sharing knowledge underpinning management of rivers for multiple goals.
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