Organic carbon in British lowland ponds: estimating sediment stocks, possible practical benefits and significant unknowns

Michael j. Jeffries, Peter j. Gilbert, Scott Taylor, David a. Cooke, Michael e. Deary

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Abstract

Ponds are aquatic habitats defined by their small size. Although small they are found on every continent, they are disproportionately rich in aquatic
biodiversity, benefit terrestrial wildlife and have important ecosystem function benefits. One of these benefits might be carbon sequestration, a possibility
suggested by (1) their abundance, (2) the intensity of their biogeochemical activity. Whilst greenhouse gas fluxes from ponds have been monitored widely,
quantifying the stocks of organic carbon buried in sediment is a gap in our knowledge. Here we summarise measures of organic carbon in pond sediments
cores from a diverse range of lowland ponds in England. We estimate a general measure of 9.38 kg OC in a 1 m2 × 20 cm block of pond sediment and scale
this up to an overall estimate for Great Britain of 2.63 million tons of OC in pond sediment, with 95% CI of 1.41 to 3.84 million tons. The relationship between sediment carbon and gas fluxes remains a significant unknown.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHydrobiologia
Volume2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2022

Keywords

  • Ponds
  • Carbon
  • Greenhouse gases

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