For nearly a decade, the Pacific Northwest Blue Carbon Working Group (Working Group) has brought scientists, planners, policy makers and others together to identify and collaboratively fill priority blue carbon data gaps for Pacific Northwest coastal wetlands, archive those data in a new Working Group-created regional blue carbon database, and make those data available to individuals and agencies working to advance regional climate mitigation initiatives. Through the collaboration of researchers, planners, policy professionals, and others from universities, nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies throughout the region, the Working Group has systematically collected and analyzed new–and compiled existing–regional data on carbon stocks, carbon sequestration, and methane emissions and archived them in the Working Group’s Northeast Pacific Regional Blue Carbon Database.
This two-part webinar series will cover the Working Group’s latest research, including data collection to support blue carbon comparisons across different natural and land use types, as well as the ways these data are used in the development of climate mitigation policies and blue carbon tools.
Register for Part 1: Filling Blue Carbon Data Gaps | February 29, 2024
Part 2: Blue Carbon Data Applications | March 7, 2024
This session will highlight the Working Group’s and partners’ application of regionally specific blue carbon data for the development of climate mitigation policies and blue carbon tools, including an emissions inventory supporting Oregon’s new Natural and Working Lands legislation, blue carbon mapping, and the development of a regional blue carbon calculator.
Session 2 Speakers:
Chris Janousek, Oregon State University
Chris is a research professor at OSU and has worked on tidal wetland ecology along the Pacific coast for two decades. He has led or co-led several regional blue carbon projects and curates the Northeast Pacific Blue Carbon database.
Jazmin Dagostino, Pew Charitable Trusts
Jazmin Dagostino is an associate on Pew’s U.S. Conservation project, working to advance state and federal natural climate solutions. She focuses primarily on state efforts to incorporate coastal blue carbon and peatland management strategies into climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Katrina Poppe, Western Washington University
Katrina is a Research Associate at Western Washington University and a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia. She studies sediment, vegetation, and carbon dynamics in tidal wetlands in relation to climate change and land management. For this project she has focused on understanding patterns and predictors of soil carbon accumulation rates.
Lisa Beers, Silvestrum Climate Associates
Dr. Lisa Beers is a coastal wetland ecologist with 25 years of experience studying wetland plant ecology, carbon cycling, and soil biogeochemistry in the US and internationally. She is an expert in coastal wetland greenhouse gas inventories and has supported states and countries in including wetlands in their inventories. In collaboration with Pew and others, Lisa compiled data and developed the blue carbon layers needed to produce an online tool to display carbon stocks and fluxes.