Our team recently completed an extensive assessment of carbon stocks and accumulation rates from coastal and inland wetlands throughout Victoria. More than 100 wetlands were sampled across the State. The project filled important gaps in understanding of the distribution of blue carbon throughout Victoria. The data was used to generate maps showing ‘blue carbon hotspots’ which are being used by resource managers to prioritise conservation efforts.
Partners: Victorian State Government (DELWP) and all ten catchment management authorities: CCMA, EGCMA, GHCMA, GBCMA, MalleeCMA, NCCMA, NECMA, PPWCMA, WGCMA, and WCMA.
We are commonly asked the question: Is a particular site suitable for blue carbon offsetting? Our team is experienced in assessing the likely suitability of a given site for carbon offsetting. We have performed assessments at a range of spatial scales; from individual estuaries, through to bioregions. We apply a range of techniques and approaches, including: environmental economics, spatial mapping, ecological modelling, soil analyses, and decision theory.
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Blue carbon ecosystems are among the most the planet’s most effective natural systems for removing greenhouse gases; but if degraded, they could leak stored carbon and accelerate global warming. Our team has performed a number of high-profile case studies that have investigated the impacts of human and climate related stressors on blue carbon sequestration capacity (e.g. sea level rise, warming, eutrophication, development, etc.). This research is being compiled into risk assessment frameworks that will aid the implementation of blue carbon initiatives.
Partners: the Australian Research Council, University of Queensland, James Cook University, Daulphin Island Sea Lab, among others.
The carbon storage role of wetlands provides a strong incentive to maintain wetlands in a healthy state and manage them in such a way as to maximise their offset potential. In an ongoing partnership with Murray Local Land Services, we have been developing methodologies to measure carbon gains from restoration of inland wetlands using a ‘space for time’ approach. A key output of this work is a wetland monitoring program, that is backed by clear and robust design, and well-justified methods. In the next phase of the partnership, we are teaming up with Southern Cross University to measure greenhouse gas dynamics during wetland restoration, with the intention to devise innovative methods for minimising release of methane during wetland restoration.
Partners: Murray Local Land Services, Southern Cross University