Study finds spreading ghost forests on NC coast may contribute to climate change

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A new study found the spread of ghost forests across a coastal region of North Carolina may have implications for global warming. Ghost forests are areas where rising seas have killed off freshwater-dependent trees, leaving dead or dying white snags standing in marsh.

Associated journal article: Lindsey S. Smart, Paul J. Taillie, Benjamin Poulter, Jelena Vukomanovic, Kunwar K. Singh, Jennifer J. Swenson, Helena Mitasova, Jordan W. Smith and Ross K. Meentemeyer (2020). “Aboveground carbon loss associated with the spread of ghost forests as sea levels rise.” Environmental Research Letters 15(10). http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aba136

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