Blue Carbon Futures: moving forward on terra firma

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Maintaining coastal carbon sequestration and storage services is economically valuable in providing a potentially long-term contribution toward climate resilience, both in terms of adaptation and mitigation.

392The volumetric accumulation of coastal carbon stocks is unique from other terrestrial and aquatic processes, and inconsistent use of terminology is holding back understanding of the range, magnitude, and processes critical to this carbon sink.

Documenting net greenhouse gas (GHG) benefits of coastal ecosystem management needs integrated models that quantitatively incorporate geomorphic, biogeochemical, atmospheric, and hydrologic exchanges to account for both carbon accumulation and loss, across a range of timescales.

A community effort is necessary to explore similarities among coastal ecosystems to determine the drivers and scale of true variability, to prioritize specific wetland management options, and develop the most effective monitoring approaches.

While there are further scientific aspects of blue carbon to be explored, there is sufficient knowledge and experience to advance demonstration projects across a range of systems and conditions, which can inform policy development and scaled implementation.

Publication type Book chapter
Title Blue Carbon Futures: moving forward on terra firma
Chapter 28
DOI 10.1201/9780429435362
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Contributing office(s) WMA - Earth System Processes Division
Description 11 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title A blue carbon primer: The state of coastal wetland carbon science, practice and policy
First page 391
Last page 402
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