Scientists have long known that salt marshes are a major carbon sink and can be of critical help in carbon sequestration efforts.

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However, they are also highly dynamic ecosystems that constantly change with seasons and tides.

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By focusing on the Sage Lot Pond on Cape Cod, a new study led by the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Ecosystems Center has now investigated

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how seasonal cycles and the ocean dynamics affect the amount of carbon stored in New England marshes.

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“In our recent study, we asked: how does marsh respiration (the conversion of organic carbon to carbon dioxide) vary as a function of temperature

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both of air and sediment? This can help us understand how climate change, particularly warming, alters respiration rates in a marsh,”

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said study lead author Joanna Carrey, an associate professor of Environmental Science at Babson College, who conducted this research during a postdoctoral fellowship at MBL.

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The scientists examined gas exchange from the Sage Lot Pond marsh system over 16 months between 2014 and 2016, by installing static gas chambers in six plots,

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