Coastal Blue Carbon: New Guidance & Tools
for Coastal Managers and Policymakers

Results of the Bringing Wetlands to Market Project and Related Research and Implications for Wetlands Conservation and Restoration in New England and Beyond

Bringing Wetlands to Market is a four year project at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve that examined the relationship between salt marshes, climate change, and nitrogen pollution. The Project used cutting edge science to quantify greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in coastal wetlands and predict greenhouse gas fluxes across a range of environmental settings. The project also elevated understanding about the importance of blue carbon and developed new tools and resources to enable coastal managers and policymakers to leverage blue carbon to achieve broader wetlands management, restoration, and conservation goals.

At this time, the models and data presented in these presentations are for discussion purposes only and are not permitted to be used for publication. Questions about use of the models and data should be directed to the Bringing Wetlands to Market team members.

Agenda  •  Abstracts document  •  Speaker Bios  •  Fact Sheets

 

Capitalizing on Coastal Blue Carbon: Day one

SESSION 1: Why Blue Carbon Matters to New England

Overview & Opening Remarks

Keynote – Blue Carbon: A New Tool for the Coastal Manager and Policymaker’s Toolkit

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James Rassman, Acting Manager & Stewardship Coordinator, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Tonna-Marie Surgeon Rogers, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve David Yoskowitz, Ph.D., Chief Economist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Keynote – The State of Blue Carbon Science

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Lisamarie Windham-Myers, Ph.D., Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey

 

SESSION 2: Innovations in Blue Carbon Science:
Findings from the Bringing Wetlands to Market Project

Bringing Wetlands to Market: Nitrogen and Coastal Blue Carbon – Bridging Science, Policy, and Management Building a Salt Marsh Greenhouse Gas Budget: Quantifying Emissions in Respose to Nitrogen Loading
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Tonna-Marie Surgeon Rogers, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Jianwu (Jim) Tang, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory


Building a Salt Marsh Greenhouse Gas Budget: Quantifying the Role of Tidal Exchanges of Carbon and Greenhouse Gases Examining Relationships Between Greenhouse Gas Fluxes and Plant Zones
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Kevin Kroeger, Ph.D., Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Serena Moseman-Valtierra, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island

 

SESSION 3: Blue Carbon Financing: Applications & Tools
for Wetlands Conservation and Restoration

Introduction to Coastal Blue Carbon Markets and Carbon Finance Bringing Blue Carbon to Market: An Introduction to the Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration Methodology and Guidance Document
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Steve Emmett-Mattox, Senior Director for Strategic Planning, Restore America’s Estuaries Steve Emmett-Mattox, Senior Director for Strategic Planning, Restore America’s Estuaries and Steve Crooks, Ph.D., Climate Change Program Manager, ESA, Inc.


A Model to Help You Determine Your Wetland’s Carbon Budget Blue Carbon Economics of Salt Marsh Restoration: Herring River Restoration Project Case Study
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Omar Abdul Aziz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Florida International University Tom Walker, Consulting Economist, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and Tim Smith, Restoration Ecologist, Cape Cod National Seashore


Considerations in Planning a Blue Carbon Project Ask the Presenters: Lingering Blue Carbon Questions
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Steve Crooks, Ph.D., Climate Change Program Manager, ESA, Inc. Bringing Wetlands to Market Project Team

 

Capitalizing on Coastal Blue Carbon: Day two

SESSION 4: Blue Carbon Application Issues Focus:
Climate, Sea Level Rise, and Nitrogen

Welcome & Introduction to the Day: Focusing in on Blue Carbon Applications in New England Salt Marsh Response to Sea Level Rise and Implications for Blue Carbon
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Meagan Eagle Gonneea, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center


Climate and Coastal Resilience: National Policy Opportunities for Coastal Blue Carbon Nitrogen Impacts on Marshes: Field and Greenhouse Findings and Implications for Management
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Ariana Sutton-Grier, Ph.D., Assistant Research Scientist, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland, and Ecosystem Science Adviser, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Cathleen Wigand,Ph.D., Research Ecologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Nitrogen Impacts on Carbon Storage in Wetlands
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Jianwu (Jim) Tang, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory, Kevin Kroeger, Ph.D., Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Serena MosemanValtierra, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island; Meagan Eagle Gonneea, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Session 5 & 6:
Hands-On Learning (Mini-Workshops)

SESSION 7:
What’s Next for Blue Carbon in New England

Innovations in Science and Field Work for the BWM project and Additional Questions
Panel Discussion
Jon Kachmar, Southeastern Massachusetts Program Director, The Nature Conservancy; Aisling O’Shea, Manager Global Warming Solutions, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; Tim Purinton , Director, Massachussetts Division of Ecological Restoration; Kristin Wilson, Ph.D., Research Coordinator, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve; Moderator: Steve Crooks, Ph.D., Climate Change Program Manager, ESA, Inc.