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Coastal Blue Carbon Approaches for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief

Among the many valuable ecosystems services of coastal environments is their ability to take up some of the excess carbon from the atmosphere. This new publication summarizes a workshop that explored the potential to restore and manage coastal habitats, particularly coastal wetlands, as a viable carbon dioxide removal approach (often termed coastal blue carbon). Workshop speakers described their relevant work including the state of knowledge and research needs related to understanding carbon capacity and flux in coastal systems, the processes driving sustainability of coastal wetland carbon storage in the future, potential incentives for coastal blue carbon, and policy and governance challenges.

The workshop was held to inform an ongoing National Academies study, Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration. Other workshop topics in the study, for which proceedings will be produced include terrestrial carbon sequestration, bioenergy with carbon capture, direct air capture, and geologic sequestration.

The final publication of the study will be an expert consensus report that outlines a detailed research and development agenda to assess the benefits, risks, and sustainable scale potential for carbon dioxide removal and sequestration approaches, as well as to increase their commercial viability.

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