Formed in February 2011, the Blue Carbon Scientific Working Group provides the scientific foundation for the Blue Carbon Initiative by synthesizing current and emerging science on blue carbon and by providing a robust scientific basis for coastal carbon conservation, management and assessment. Priority research of the Scientific Working Group functions in close partnership with the Initiative’s Policy Working Group.

    The Working Group meets biannually and consists of experts in coastal carbon science, carbon assessment, remote sensing and international climate change policy. The Working Group meets in blue carbon-rich countries and collaborates closely with local experts and government officials to identify or expand in-country activities supporting the conservation and restoration of blue carbon ecosystems.

    The objectives of the Scientific Working Group are to

    • Describe the global relevance of coastal carbon;
    • Create internationally applicable standards for quantifying and monitoring coastal carbon;
    • Develop internationally acceptable standards for data collection, quality control and archiving;
    • Identify and support priority research on carbon dynamics in coastal ecosystems;
    • Develop coastal conservation, planning and management guidelines for coastal carbon activities; and
    • Support the development of pilot projects for carbon in coastal ecosystems.

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  • What are we working on?

    The Blue Carbon Scientific Working Group is developing a Field Manual for Carbon Accounting in Mangroves, Seagrasses and Tidal Salt Marshes. The Field Manual will provide managers, scientists and other practitioners in the field with standardized recommendations for carbon measurements and analysis. Additionally, the Scientific Working Group supports the creation of a Global Coastal Carbon Data Archive to standardize and allow for global access to coastal carbon data.


    AUSTRALIA - MAY, 2013
    COSTA RICA – MARCH, 2012
    INDONESIA – JULY, 2011

© CI/photo by Sarah Hoyt

Blue Carbon Event Calendar

  • October 21, 2014 - October 23, 2014

    Rio Grande, Brazil – Hosted by the Fundação Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG) the proposed three-day meeting will bring together the research community and regional leaders to assess the status of Brazil’s coastal wetland systems and identify knowledge gaps and opportunities for future research. Meeting attendees will take an active role in developing a regional network of blue carbon experts and identifying priority geographies, projects and needs.

  • November 12, 2014 - November 19, 2014

    The IUCN World Parks Congress is a landmark global forum on protected areas held every ten years. As the world’s most influential gathering of people involved in protected area management, it sets the global agenda for the following decade.