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Greenhouse Gas Sensors for Blue Carbon

This project aims to determine the effectiveness of greenhouse gas sensors as blue carbon education, accounting, and research tools.

Coastal wetlands are sentinels of climate change impact. These wetlands are accessible and dynamic environments where action-based educational experiences can improve the understanding of physical processes and the role nature plays in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Globally, there has been increasing interest in the role of coastal wetlands in climate mitigation, via the concept of ‘blue carbon’.

A major barrier to the global development and uptake of blue carbon trading and financing is a lack of data on emissions of the greenhouse gases (GHGs; carbon dioxide and methane) from the coastal zone, (Kelleway et al. 2017). The measurement of GHGs typically requires substantial resourcing in terms of analytical equipment and technical expertise. Traditional analytical setups typically cost over $50,000 which is prohibitively expensive for most restoration initiatives, especially in developing economies.

 

Researchers

Jeffrey Kelleway (SMAH), Susan Duschesne (ASSH), Wendy Nielsen (ASSH), Nicholas Deutscher (SMAH), Cormac Fay (EIS), Johan Barthélemy (EIS), Hugh Forehead (EIS), Kerrylee Rogers (SMAH).

 

This project is working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 4, Quality Education      Goal 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.     Goal 13, Climate Action.     Goal 17, Partnerships for the Goals.

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