Date archive: March 2013

Blue Ventures in Abu Dhabi

Blue Ventures in Abu Dhabi

Written by Trevor Jones, Blue Ventures. Lalao Aigrette and I recently spent a fascinating two weeks in the western coast of the Arabian Gulf.  We were participating in the initial research of the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project (ADBCDP), a project of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) that aims to demonstrate the value…

Abu Dhabi’s Blue Carbon captures media attention

Abu Dhabi’s Blue Carbon captures media attention

The Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project has captured the attention of the media in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following the completion of the first field survey of mangroves, salt marsh and sabkha ecosystems in January. The survey team comprised of international scientists, including experts from EAD, AGEDI, UNEP-WCMC and GRID-Arendal, and a group…

Tiny island jewel receiving global attention

Tiny island jewel receiving global attention

Bu Tinah, a tiny cluster of islands off the coast of Abu Dhabi, is being studied for its Blue Carbon potential. Bu Tinah was one of the finalists in the 2011 ‘New7Wonders of Nature’ elections, and is home to mangroves at the extreme end of the trees’ distribution spectrum in terms of climate and water salinity.

Video of Sensitive Marine Habitats

Video of Sensitive Marine Habitats

The Seagrass Ecosystem Research Group (SERG) has released a new video entitled ‘Investigating Sensitive Marine Habitats in Wales’. The video provides an underwater view of the marine life supported by seagrass meadows, kelp and horse mussel beds in Wales. A Baited Remote Underwater Video system (BRUVs) was used to capture footage of commercially important juvenile…

New Coastal Carbon Cluster

New Coastal Carbon Cluster

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has joined forces with a number of different universities to launch the CSIRO Marine and Coastal Biogeochemistry Carbon Cluster (Coastal Carbon Cluster). The Coastal Carbon Cluster is a $3 million research project that aims to understand the processes behind the storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide in Australia’s…

What factors determine wetland carbon stocks?

What factors determine wetland carbon stocks?

Research into the ‘Carbon Stocks of Tropical Coastal Wetlands within the Karstic Landscape of the Mexican Caribbean’ has revealed the role of different environmental factors in determining the amount of carbon stored per unit area for mangroves and coastal marshes. In a landmark study, Adame et al. (2013) measured whole-ecosystem carbon stocks at nine sites…

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