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.
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.
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.
This report summarizes available blue carbon data that is relevant to decision-making within the Galveston Bay region within the context of previous research that has been conducted on ecosystem services in the Galveston Bay region and along the Texas coast.
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.
The Comox Valley Project Watershed Society (CVPW) and the Squamish River Watershed Society (SRWS) received funding from NAPECA to work on developing a community-based initiative for carbon assessment in estuaries.
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.