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Soil carbon stock assessment of the mangrove forest in Socorro, Surigao del Norte, Philippines

Cresilda O. Salvador, Wella T. Tatil, Nezel Ann L. Bantayan

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.21(2), 123-131, August 2022

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In mangrove forests, soils were considered as the largest carbon pool. The result of the study conducted in Barangay San Roque, Socorro, Surigao del Norte showed that the mean soil carbon stock of the top 100cm soil layer of the estimated 50-hectare mangrove forest is 489.3C Mg ha-1. This was attributed by the forest’s stand age, species composition, and the absence of direct anthropogenic activities that can influence the primary production. Increases in soil carbon stock were observed as depth increases. However, analysis showed no statistical significance between bulk density and organic carbon concentration at different depths, as well as between soil carbon stock at the different forest parts. Nonetheless, the mean soil carbon stock of the mangrove forest in the study is higher than those in the terrestrial forest. With these, the mangrove stands in Socorro, Surigao del Norte can be considered an important carbon reserve in the province and should be protected from degradation and land-use conversion to manage the potential carbon emission from this pool.

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