Coastal wetlands have the ability to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and permanently store carbon in wetland soils. This “blue carbon” service could be used to inform and incentivize wetland restoration; however, the science behind blue carbon and the role of carbon finance in support of coastal restoration and conservation are still emerging.
Over the past 12 years, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System and its partners have been filling key information gaps and fostering collaborations to advance understanding and application of blue carbon for the management of coastal wetlands. Recent projects are helping to quantify the carbon storage potential of coastal wetlands, predict greenhouse gas fluxes, and assess the market feasibility of using carbon offsets to support wetland restoration.
In this webinar, panelists representing four regions across the United States will share lessons learned from their work leading blue carbon projects, and offer ideas for advancing the use of blue carbon for coastal wetland management.