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Blue Carbon: A new tool for coastal conservation and restoration (Tampa, FL)

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Climate Change , Land Conservation , Restoration Science , Science Communication , Stakeholder Engagement , Wetland Protection

Priority Issue(s):

Habitat Conservation

Host Partner(s):


 Tampa Bay Watch, 3000 Pinellas BayWay South, Tierra Verde, FL 33715


calendar icon5/10/2016



Max Applicants:


Speaker presentations from this workshop can be accessed below:

List of blue carbon resources

1) Introduction to Coastal Blue Carbon Concepts and Approaches (Steve Emmett-Mattox, Restore America’s Estuaries)

Background on blue carbon and importance to restoration/conservation needs

Introduction to the voluntary carbon market

Market and policy opportunities

2) Applications of Blue Carbon (Steve Crooks, Environmental Science Associates)

How to assess coastal blue carbon potential

Blue carbon as a management tool

Summary of Blue Carbon case studies

3) The Blue Carbon Assessment: Approach and Results (Lindsey Sheehan & Steve Crooks, ESA)

4) Coastal Adaptation Prioritization: Approach and Results (Lindsey Sheehan, ESA)

5) Seagrass and Carbon: Approach and Results (Dave Tomasko, Environmental Science Associates)

6) Blue Carbon Data: Approach and Results (Ryan Moyer, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

7)  Blue Carbon in Tampa Bay:  Discussion and Next Steps workshop notes
(Led by Holly Greening, Steve Crooks, and Steve Emmett-Mattox)

Workshop goal: to increase your understanding of blue carbon concepts and how they can support land conservation and restoration goals for Tampa Bay.

Blue Carbon refers to the carbon and other greenhouse gases captured, stored, and released by the world’s coastal ecosystems.  This workshop will explore the greenhouse gas benefits provided by tidal wetlands, salt marshes, seagrasses, and mangroves; and landscape management implications. Blue carbon ecosystem services present a new opportunity to increase investment in restoration and conservation efforts and to integrate climate adaptation and mitigation into management plans.

Through this workshop, participants will learn:

  • The basic concepts of blue carbon and its importance to conservation and restoration efforts
  • Market opportunities for blue carbon
  • Applications of blue carbon as a management tool
  • How blue carbon can drive new investment in coastal wetland conservation

Participants will also hear results from the recently completed Tampa Bay Blue Carbon Assessment, including:

  • Carbon storage and sequestration in the Tampa Bay estuary
  • Impacts of land use change, including sea level rise and management actions, on carbon in the estuary
  • How blue carbon ecosystem services can inform management decisions and provide additional incentives to support conservation and restoration and adaptive management in Tampa Bay

This workshop is intended for estuary managers, advocates, practitioners, scientists and other stakeholders in the long-term health of Tampa Bay.

Restore Americas Estuaries (RAE) will present the workshop in partnership with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Tampa Bay Watch, Environmental Science Associates and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Coastal Program. RAE has been leading the effort to develop coastal blue carbon tools, science, policies, and projects in the U.S., with the goal of increasing coastal conservation and restoration through recognition of valuable ecosystem services.

Workshop presenters will include:

  • Peter Clark, President, Tampa Bay Watch
  • Dr. Stephen Crooks, Director of Climate Change Services, ESA
  • Steve Emmett-Mattox, Sr. Director for Strategic Planning and Programs, RAE
  • Meagan Gonneea, Mendenhall Postdoc, U.S. Geological Survey and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
  • Holly Greening, Executive Director, Tampa Bay Estuary Program
  • Ed Sherwood, Senior Scientist, Tampa Bay Estuary Program
  • Ryan Moyer, Associate Research Scientist, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Doug Robison, Senior Scientist, ESA
  • Lindsey Sheehan, Hydrologist, ESA
  • Dave Tomasko, Senior Scientist, ESA

Lead funding for the workshop is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Coastal Program. Additional support comes from the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training Program, Scotts Miracle-Gro, and the Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund.

For questions about the workshop, please contact Stefanie Simpson at ssimpson@estuaries.org. 
For questions about website registration, please contact Jacqueline Rose at gulfcoastaltraining@gmail.com or 251-929-8466.