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Quantifying Carbon Sources and Storage

Quantifying Carbon Sources and Storage

Carbon is one of the most important elements on earth and plays a major role in climate change. To help inform carbon accounting and the use of nature-based approaches to climate regulation, we support scientific research for quantifying greenhouse gas emissions and for understanding carbon dynamics in natural systems.

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Tools and Resources

North American Collaboration on Ecosystem Carbon Sources and Storage

Trilaterally agreed methods and products to monitor continental land cover change and model landscape-level ecosystem carbon changes to improve North America’s capacity to store carbon and reduce GHG emissions

Choice of Satellite Imagery and Attribution of Changes to Disturbance Type Strongly Affects Forest Carbon Balance Estimates

Remote sensing products can provide regular and consistent observations of the Earth´s surface to monitor and understand the condition and change of forest ecosystems...


CEC Publication

24 pages June 4, 2021

North American Updates on Blue Carbon Science, Conservation and Collaboration

In 2020, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) organized a series of activities on blue carbon as part of its 2019–2020 project,...

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4 pages January 6, 2021

Long-term Impact Assessment of CEC’s Work on Forest Carbon (2013–2017)

The forests of North America play an important role in the global greenhouse gas balance by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, storing it...

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8 pages August 7, 2017

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

Eelgrass (Zostera marina) is a seagrass and the primary rooted marine plant found in the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest (which, for this...

Tidal Wetlands Publication Cover

8 pages August 7, 2017

Blue Carbon in Tidal Wetlands of the Pacific Coast of Canada:

Recent research has focused on the high carbon accumulation rates of coastal ecosystems, such as those of mangroves, seagrasses, and salt marshes, as...

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8 pages August 7, 2017

Blue Carbon Storage Variability in Eelgrass Meadows on the Pacific Coast of Canada

Coastal marine ecosystems are recognized as highly productive systems, but their potential to store and sequester organic carbon, known as blue...