What is Blue Carbon?

Mangrove forest in Ujung Kulon National Park, Indonesia. Image: Putra Mahanaim Tampubolon (CC BY-SA 4.0)

In This Article:

  • Blue Carbon Explained
  • Where Is Blue Carbon Found?
  • Why Is Blue Carbon Important?
  • What’s The Problem?
  • Ocean Floor Disturbances
  • So, What Can Be Done About It?
  • References

Blue Carbon Explained

Where Is Blue Carbon Found?

Why Is Blue Carbon Important?

Climate Mitigation

Amphibolis griffithii, a type of seagrass. Seagrasses are submerged flowering plants with deep roots. They account for 0.1% of the ocean bed, but absorb nearly 10 per cent of ocean carbon annually. Seagrasses also filter water and buffer coastal areas during storms and floods. They also provide homes for a large biodiversity of marine animals. Photo: David Muirhead /CC BY-SA 4.0

Protection For People Living Along Coastlines

What’s The Problem?

The Problem is Us

Ocean Floor Disturbances

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So, What Can Be Done About It?

References

  1. A Rapid Response Assessment. United Nations Environment Programme (GRID-Arendal, 2009). Nellemann C., et al. (eds) Blue Carbon. This was the first report to use the term ‘blue carbon’.
  2. Carbon stocks and accumulation rates in Red Sea seagrass meadows.” Nature. October 2018
  3. High variability of Blue Carbon storage in seagrass meadows at the estuary scale.” Ricart, A.M., York, P.H., Bryant, C. et al. Sci Rep 10, 5865 (2020).
  4. Total ecosystem carbon stocks of mangroves across broad global environmental and physical gradients.”
  5. Persistent organic matter in oxic subseafloor sediment.” Estes et al. 2019. Nature Geoscience.
  6. The Future of Blue Carbon Science.” Nature, September 2019.
  7. Assessing the risk of carbon dioxide emissions from blue carbon ecosystems.” March 2020.
  8. Ocean Facts. National Ocean Service (NOAA)

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I work in marketing by day — and pen my thoughts on climate change by night.

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