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Final report from the NERRS Science Collaborative-funded project: Feasibility Planning for Pacific Northwest Blue Carbon Finance Projects. By Silvestrum Climate Associates, TerraCarbon LLC, Strategic Solutions LLC and the Institute for Applied Ecology.

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We are pleased to announce the world’s first international blue carbon textbook (recently launched at the COP 24 meeting in Poland). The Blue Carbon Primer (Windham-Myers, Crooks and Troxler [eds] 2019) is the collective insights of 100 authors in 29 chapters covering the state of blue carbon art, science, management, and policy. Authors delve into many aspects of blue carbon from definitions to rates of losses and mapping approaches to tricky science such as the fate of transported material, complexities of carbonate chemistry, interactions with nitrogen and resilience to sea level rise. Policy and management chapters cover the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and other frameworks, carbon markets and integration with sustainable coastal development. Discussions are made real through cases studies in a range of countries from Kenya to the USA.   

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First publication from the PNW Blue Carbon Working Group's PNW Carbon Stocks and Blue Carbon Database Project (2016-2019).  This publication reports on total ecosystem carbon stocks in seagrass, emergent marsh, and forested tidal wetland habitats occurring in Pacific Northwest estuaries, including Washington, Oregon, and northern California.

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This publication reports on the dynamics of sediment accretion and carbon storage in tidal wetlands in several Oregon estuaries, including assessments of their ability to keep pace with sea level rise .


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In this document PNW Blue Carbon Working Group members and partners articulate the technical foundation for incorporating blue carbon into Oregon's first Natural and Working Lands proposal to be submitted to the Oregon Governor's Office.  This document relies heavily on the results of projects undertaken by Working Group members, and its future iterations will continue to be informed by the Working Group's ongoing research.