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Posts tagged blue carbon

  • Teaching about Coastal Impacts of Climate Change

    | March 11, 2017

    We are putting teachers on the estuary again this summer by offering a free workshop that will give educators data-driven climate change activities to bring back to their classes. The workshop will train up to ten educators in reserve-style environmental monitoring, "coastal blue carbon" concepts, and ways to understand and address climate change.

  • Wells Reserve Hosts Workshop on "Blue Carbon" Science

    | December 8, 2014 | Filed under: News

    Group photo of 'blue carbon

    WELLS, Maine, December 8, 2014 — Scientists from around New England met at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve on December 5 for a workshop focused on “blue carbon” science and policy. For the first time, scientists from throughout the region gathered to share research results, identify gaps in knowledge, and plan future collaborations involving carbon in coastal habitats.

    The term “blue carbon” refers to the ability of salt marshes, seagrass meadows, and mangrove forests to take up and store carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Coastal wetlands capture carbon and store it at rates even greater than rainforests.

    “Carbon held naturally in coastal wetlands is not entering the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas, so these habitats have real potential to mitigate climate change,” said Dr. Kristin Wilson, Wells Reserve research director, who co-coordinated the workshop.

  • What is "Blue Carbon"?

    | December 4, 2014

    It sounds cool: Blue carbon. Have you heard of it? What does it make you think?

    This is an Apple mouse with a carbon fiber wrap in blue. Ah, blue carbon."I have no idea."


    "Blue makes me think sky. Something to do with clear skies?"

    "Sounds like a gun thing. Makes me think of guns."

    "Is it a greenhouse emission?"

    Okay, we're all over the place here. No doubt we need a clearer definition. Let's ask a Wells Reserve staffer.

  • For Peat's Sake

    | October 25, 2014

    Our Native Ferns - Carboniferous Pteridophyta


    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 10/26/2014.

    Three hundred and fifty million years ago, the supercontinent Pangaea floated where you sit today. It was a warm, wet world, bathed in oxygen and soupy seas. Just that geologic period’s name alone – Carboniferous, from the Latin for “coal bearing” – should be a clue that it was a time from which we get a lot of the fossil fuels we now use to power our society.

  • 2014 Blue Carbon Workshop

    Wells Reserve Contributor | September 1, 2014


    Create a U.S./Canada working group, identify research gaps, and establish a regional approach to blue carbon science and policy.

    Project Period



    Blue Carbon workshop logoHold workshop "Blue is the New Green: Valuing Carbon Storage to Understand Barriers and Build Bridges to Enhance Salt Marsh and Seagrass Conservation and Management" (December 5, 2014)