Coastal Blue Carbon: What We’ve Learned

bringing-wetlands-to-market-marshWhat is Coastal Blue Carbon?

Coastal Blue Carbon refers to the climate change mitigation benefits offered by the improved management through conservation and restoration of biogeochemical processes performed by coastal wetlands, including salt marsh, mangroves, seagrasses, and other tidal wetlands. Coastal blue carbon is the newly recognized ecosystem service value of climate mitigation, and as such can provide a new incentive to prioritize the restoration and conservation of these coastal ecosystems.

These habitats provide important ecosystem services, such as habitat for fish, wildlife, and sensitive species; storm and flood protection; improved water quality; and jobs and economic benefits. Maintaining these functions is critical to supporting coastal ecologies and communities. These services provide an important component to support adaptation to climate change and protection of coastal communities.

On a per-acre basis, coastal habitat restoration and conservation can provide among the greatest climate benefits compared to forest or other land use projects (Costanza et al. 1997).

The Bringing Wetlands to Market Project has developed a series of resources related to coastal blue carbon. Explore our resources below:


Blue Carbon Template

Overview of Coastal Blue Carbon. Presentation by Steve Emmett-Mattox, March 2013 at Waquoit Bay Reserve and Presentation by Steve Crooks, March 2013 at Waquoit Bay Reserve

Blue Carbon Video: An introduction to market and non-market applications for Blue Carbon. Click here to view the video.

Blue Carbon Template: A tool to help you learn how to evaluation options for Coastal Blue Carbon as an Incentive for Coastal Conservation, Restoration and Management with the Coastal Blue Carbon Template.

Blue Carbon Fact Sheet: Blue is the new green! Learn more about the basics of blue carbon with the Blue Carbon Fact Sheet.