Publication

Blue Carbon Seagrass Mapping in Canada and the United States: British Columbia, Washington and Oregon

Developing an Algorithm and Quantifying Eelgrass Extent

August 7, 2017 8 pages

Blue Carbon Seagrass Mapping in Canada and the United States: British Columbia, Washington and Oregon

Developing an Algorithm and Quantifying Eelgrass Extent

August 7, 2017 8 pages

Description

Eelgrass (Zostera marina) is a seagrass and the primary rooted marine plant found in the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest (which, for this study, will be taken as comprising the US states of Oregon and Washington, and the Canadian province of British Columbia). Unlike algae, it is a rooted plant and it traps, accumulates and stores carbon in the sediments where it grows. In the nearshore zone, distribution of eelgrass habitats can vary from vast flats and beds, to patchy areas or narrow fringe habitats along the shoreline.

Additional Information

Document Type: Project publication
Theme: Climate Change, Ecosystems