Blue carbon has emerged as a popular climate solution, with offset marketplaces like Verra and Gold Standard eyeing blue carbon methodologies and Salesforce and the World Economic Forum teaming up to announce their own blue carbon credit framework at COP27 last year.
Crediting for blue carbon usually means protecting ecosystems like mangrove forests, seagrass beds, and salt marshes. It can also include restoring these ecosystems when they’ve been degraded or destroyed.
A recent paper published in the journal “Earth Science Reviews” titled “Remote Sensing for Effective Blue Carbon Accounting” reviewed the potential for new technology to improve the remote sensing of blue carbon ecosystems.
Carbon markets continue to grow, and billions of dollars will likely flow toward blue carbon projects. So how well can scientists even tell when ecosystems are sequestering CO2? And what is the promise of new technologies to improve those estimates?
Joining Radhika on this episode are Holly Jean Buck and Shannon Valley.
On This Episode
Article about Gold Standard Blue Carbon Project
Salesforce Blue Carbon initiative
Paper: Remote Sensing for Effective Blue Carbon Accounting
Bloomberg NEF Report on Potential Growth of Carbon Markets
Vox Article about Palm Oil Industry
WSJ Article about Indonesia Deforestation
Inside Climate News Article on Satellite Monitoring of Flood Zones
Report on 50 Years of Endangered Species Act
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