Seagrasses of Australia - Estimating Seagrass Blue Carbon and Policy Implications: The Australian Perspective

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August 24, 2018 - 1:21pm
Type: Book Chapter
Year of publication: 2018
Authors: Peter Ralph, J. Crosswell, T. Cannard, Andrew Steven
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
City: Cham
Pages: 743 - 758
ISBN: 978-3-319-71352-6

Blue carbon policy supports carbon sequestration whilst also conserving our remaining seagrass meadows. The complex biogeochemical processes within the sediment of seagrass meadows are responsible for the longevity of the stored carbon. Carbon stock and accumulation rates are controlled by the interaction of hydrodynamic, geochemical and biotic processes unique to each meadow. Carbon content (stock and flux) of a meadow must be quantified for inclusion in carbon accounting, whether for market trading or national greenhouse gas accounting. Management of seagrass blue carbon also requires estimates of additionality, leakage, permanence, conversion and emission factors.

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