Blue Carbon – A new weapon in the fight against climate change

Webinar
14 June 2017

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

In this webinar, Dr Peter Macreadie will provide an overview of research into the distribution, value, and dynamics of Australia’s blue carbon; showcase emerging research into the development of decision tools to predict how different management plans will affect the persistence of coastal ecosystems and their capacity to sequester carbon; and discuss the current status of blue carbon offset initiatives under the Federal Government’s Emission Reduction Fund.

About this event

Seven years ago the marine science world gave birth to a new term: ‘blue carbon’. This term was created to describe the enormous and newly-recognised potential of the oceans to sequester carbon and help slow climate change. 

Early estimates of the power of blue carbon were staggering – they indicated that blue carbon habitats (seagrass meadows, tidal marshes, mangrove forests) ranked among the most efficient and permanent sinks on the planet, far exceeding that of key terrestrial carbon sinks (e.g. rainforests). However, the capacity of coastal ecosystems sequester carbon is threatened globally by coastal development and climate change. Resource managers are in urgent need of guidance to manage coasts to minimise carbon losses and maximise gains. 

This webinar will: provide an overview of research into the distribution, value, and dynamics of Australia’s blue carbon; showcase emerging research into the development of decision tools to predict how different management plans will affect the persistence of coastal ecosystems and their capacity to sequester carbon; and discuss the current status of blue carbon offset initiatives under the Federal Government’s Emission Reduction Fund.

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About Dr Macreadie

Dr Peter Macreadie is a marine ecologist. He received his PhD in Marine Ecology in 2010 from the University of Melbourne. He held a University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2010-13 and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellowship from 2013-16. He joined Deakin University in 2016 as a Senior Lecturer where he established the Blue Carbon Lab.