Blue Carbon Habitats – a comprehensive mapping of Nordic salt marshes for estimating Blue Carbon storage potential –a pilot study

Coastal wetlands are important for sequestering carbon. They cover globally only 0.2 % of the ocean surface but contribute 50% of the total amount of carbon buried in marine sediments. Despite their importance, very little data on the extent and type of coastal wetlands (salt marshes in the south and, e.g., reed belts in the north) exists in the Baltic Sea area. This project will utilize satellite imagery to map reed belts in pilot areas in Finland, and Sweden and validate them against in situ data. In addition, a roadmap for extending the analysis over the whole Baltic will be formulated. The results will be disseminated using an interactive website in November 2021.

Published 2021-06-15 at 9:23, updated 2021-06-15 at 9:51