Pearson et al. (2022): Whales in the carbon cycle: can recovery remove carbon dioxide?

Heidi C. Pearson, Matthew S. Savoca, Daniel P. Costa, Michael W. Lomas, Renato Molina, Andrew J. Pershing, Craig R. Smith, Juan Carlos Villaseñor-Derbez, Stephen R. Wing, Joe Roman IN: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2022.10.012

The authors quantify the carbon values of whales while recognizing the numerous ecosystem, cultural, and moral motivations to protect them. The authors also propose a framework to quantify the economic value of whale carbon as populations change over time. Finally, they suggest research to address key unknowns (e.g., bioavailability of whale-derived nutrients to phytoplankton, species- and region-specific variability in whale carbon contributions).

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