Coastal Blue Carbon

Coastal Blue Carbon Program

Learn the Basics

Blue carbon is the ability of tidal wetlands, marshes, mangroves, and seagrass habitats to capture and store carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Learn more about blue carbon with our Blue Carbon Fact Sheet and Infographic.

What to know about blue carbon:

  • An investment in wetland restoration results in many important benefits to a community, including blue carbon storage (aka climate mitigation), improved water quality, critical marine habitat, and storm and flood mitigation (resiliency).
  • Wetlands act as amazing "carbon sponges" but can release that stored carbon when drained or degraded.
  • Wetland restoration offers a place-based approach to addressing rising atmospheric carbon levels while also providing many benefits to the local community.

Check out blue carbon science in action in our new blue carbon short, filmed in the Snohomish Estuary in Puget Sound, WA, with local member group EarthCorps.

RAE is leading the U.S. effort to advance blue carbon by:

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