North America’s Blue Carbon: Assessing the Role of Coastal Habitats in the Continent’s Carbon Budget

Status: Completed
Operational Plan: 2013 - 2014

When adequately protected, coastal ecosystems, including salt marshes, mangroves and seagrass beds, offer carbon sequestration, and long-term carbon storage. By contrast, when these coastal habitats are destroyed, they change from being net carbon sinks to net carbon emitters. This project advances the conservation and restoration of coastal blue carbon habitats by improving data, mapping and approaches to develop and apply the appropriate carbon budgets.

This first CEC project on blue carbon advances the conservation and restoration of coastal blue carbon habitats by improving data, mapping and approaches necessary to fill gaps in our knowledge
of carbon dynamics in salt marsh, mangrove, and seagrass ecosystems.

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