The Australian Ethical Foundation has invested funding through their strategic grant into a 3-year PhD scholarship for the Blue Carbon Lab to further research in coastal wetland restoration.
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This collaborative project will generate new knowledge in preparation for, and in response to, climate change. It will enable us to better understand and predict the degree to which the natural process of biosequestration from coastal vegetated systems will help offset anthropogenic emissions.
Specifically, the fully funded PhD project will:
- Determine rates of blue carbon accumulation from restored blue carbon ecosystems (currently data is only available from mature ecosystems),
- Perform a cost benefit analyses from previously restored coastal wetlands (including valuation of blue carbon offsets, biodiversity gains, coastal protection and other social benefits),
- Trial low-cost sensors and techniques for evaluating blue carbon gains from restoration of coastal wetlands.
Stay tuned for project updates and outcomes of this important research.