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dc.contributor.authorSmeaton, Craig
dc.contributor.authorAustin, William
dc.contributor.authorTurrell, Bill
dc.identifier.citationSmeaton , C , Austin , W & Turrell , B 2020 , Re-evaluating Scotland’s sedimentary carbon stocks . Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science , no. 2 , vol. 11 , vol. 11 , 2 edn , Marine Scotland .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 266564289
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-4535-2555/work/69835134
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-1889-1468/work/145031190
dc.description.abstractThis report sets out to provide an improved estimate of the carbon (C) held within Scotland’s marine sedimentary environments across Scotland’s mapped extended Exclusive Economic Zone (i.e. 554,755 km2). Marine sediments accumulating on the ocean floor hold large quantities of carbon (C); these environments can also act to trap and store C over long periods of time (> 103 yrs). The surficial sediments (top 10 cm) of the mapped extended Scottish EEZ holds an estimated 1,515 ± 252 Mt C. The majority of this C is in the form of calcium carbonate (CaCO3), with an estimated 1,294 ± 161 Mt IC being held within the surficial sediments. A significantly lower quantity of C in these surface sediments is stored in the organic form, with an estimated 221 ± 92 Mt OC currently held within the top 10 cm of sediment within Scotland’s mapped extended EEZ.
dc.publisherMarine Scotland
dc.relation.ispartofseriesScottish Marine and Freshwater Scienceen
dc.rightsCopyright © Crown copyright 2020 You may re-use this information (excluding logos and images) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence. To view this licence visit: or email Where we have identified any third party copyright information you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holders concerned.en
dc.subjectGE Environmental Sciencesen
dc.subjectSDG 14 - Life Below Wateren
dc.titleRe-evaluating Scotland’s sedimentary carbon stocksen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Geography & Sustainable Developmenten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Environmental Change Research Groupen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Bell-Edwards Geographic Data Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Coastal Resources Management Groupen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Marine Alliance for Science & Technology Scotlanden
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Sustainability Instituteen

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