Blue Carbon: an additional driver for restoring and preserving ecological services of coastal wetlands in Tampa Bay (FL, USA)

This review provides results from the Tampa Bay Blue Carbon Assessment, which quantified existing carbon stocks and identified the future carbon sequestration trajectories with respect to sea-level rise over the next 100 years. Examples are provided of how these data can be used to prioritize restoration efforts, support and enhance management decisions, and potentially attract new partners to support wetland restoration projects. 

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Coastal Blue Carbon: An introduction for policy makers

The introduction to blue carbon for policy makers describes some of the challenges and opportunities in developing policies and undertaking projects to protect and restore coastal blue carbon ecosystems, while highlighting work already underway. It is hoped the document will serve as a reference for those who are new to blue carbon and those who are seeking to bring a greater focus on blue carbon in their jurisdictions.

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Clarifying the role of coastal and marine systems in climate mitigation

This report analyzes the scientific evidence regarding whether these marine ecosystems and ecosystem components are viable long-term carbon sinks and whether they can be managed for climate mitigation. Findings could assist decision makers and conservation practitioners in identifying which components of coastal and marine ecosystems should be prioritized in current climate mitigation strategies and policies.

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Tampa Bay Blue Carbon Assessment

This study analyzed the past and future climate mitigation benefits of habitat restoration in Tampa Bay, and identified opportunities for enhanced ecosystem management that can provide agencies and community members in the region with information to support coastal management planning and prioritize restoration and climate adaptation planning.

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Coastal Blue Carbon: methods for assessing carbon stocks and emission factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows

This manual was produced to help standardize protocols for sampling methods, laboratory measurements, and analysis of blue carbon stocks and fluxes. The manual will provide scientists and coastal managers with a practical tool to produce robust blue carbon data.

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