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Project Title: Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration

PIN: DELS-BASCPR-16-01         

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit:
Board on Atmospheric Sciences & Climate
Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources
Board on Earth Sciences & Resources
Ocean Studies Board
Board on Energy & Environmental Systems DEPS
Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology

Thomas, Katherine C

Subject/Focus Area:
Agriculture; Earth Sciences; Energy and Energy Conservation; Environment and Environmental Studies; Math, Chemistry and Physics

Workshop on Blue Carbon
July 26, 2017 - July 26, 2017
J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center
314 Quissett Ave.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Michael Hudson
Phone: 2023342583
Fax: 2023342583


8:30 A.M. Introductions and Goals of the Workshop Steve Pacala, Committee Chair
Tiffany Troxler, Committee Member

9:00 A.M. Session 1: Current state of knowledge on scientific and technical research requirements to understand the capacity and flux of blue carbon as a CDR approach (i.e. carbon benefits)?
• What is known about the carbon storage potential of coastal wetlands?
• What is the state of the science on GHG methodologies (gas flux, C stock, soil accretion)?
• What do we need to know about the landscape-level processes that impact wetland formation and loss (e.g. sediment processes, salinity regimes and saltwater intrusion, eutrophication, coastal ocean carbon cycling, wetland management)?
• What is the impact of changing salinity regimes on carbon sequestration? On methane emissions? Other factors that are wetland-type specific?
• What are the significant gaps that limit our ability to resolve the blue carbon budget (i.e. fate of C, recalcitrance)?

• Pat Megonigal, Smithsonian Ecological Research Center
• Julie Simpson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Robert Twilley, Louisiana State University
• Kevin Kroeger, U.S. Geological Survey
• Neil Ganju, U.S. Geological Survey

10:45 A.M. Break

11:00 A.M. Session 2: Research needs for predicting across multiple scales impacts of disturbance to the future state of coastal wetlands and CDR potential
• What is the state of the science for robustly measuring, mapping, and scaling carbon removal and sequestration from the plot-level to the national scale?
• How may climate change and disturbances impact primary production in a coastal wetland and CDR flux and capacity?
• What is the state of the science on modeling future conditions?
• How will CDR change near-term (10-25 yrs) and long-term (50- to 100-yr) with SLR and increasing urbanization/upland conversion/water abstraction?
• Lisamarie Windham-Myers, U.S. Geological Survey
• James Morris, University of South Carolina
• Matt Kirwan, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
• Scott Hagen, Louisiana State University

12:45 P.M. Lunch

1:45 P.M. Session 3: State of the knowledge on incentives of the blue carbon approach
• What information is needed to assess the commercial viability of blue carbon crediting for wetland restoration and mitigation?
• What do we know about the co-benefits of the blue carbon approach and their economic value? (e.g. ecosystem services - coastal protection services, wetland mitigation)
• What are common knowledge needs/strategies for adopting nature-based solutions that could enhance blue carbon CDR?

• Steve Crooks, Silvestrum Climate Associates
• Katie Arkema, Stanford University
• Edward Barbier, University of Wyoming

3:15 P.M. Break

3:30 P.M. Session 4: State of the knowledge on policy/legal questions and social/institutional constraints surrounding changes in coastal management
• Are there policies that could be more effective in enhancing CDR potential?
• What are policies aimed at coastal management for flood mitigation/coastal protection services?
• Do existing coastal policies enhance or deter adoption of CDR implementation? What are barriers? How do we overcome them?
• What is the public acceptance of changes in land cover and land use due to wetland restoration or migration?

• Ariana Sutton-Grier, University of Maryland and The Nature Conservancy
• Sam Brody, Texas A&M University Galveston
• Scott Pippin, University of Georgia
• Clark Miller, Arizona State University

5:00 P.M. Adjourn