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Assessment of blue carbon resources in Scotland’s Inshore Marine Protected Area Network: Commissioned Report No. 957

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Micheal Burrows, David Hughes, W. E. N. Austin, Craig Smeaton, Natalie Hicks , John Howe, Christopher Allen, Peter Taylor, Lindsay Vare

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In this study, the blue carbon resources in each Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area (NC MPA) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in Scotland’s inshore waters are estimated from the i) contributions of biological material to fixation of carbon, also referred to as production, and ii) contributions of geological sediments to blue carbon storage, following on from shelf-wide estimates in an earlier study (Burrows et al., 2014). The methodology has been developed here to allow local-scale estimation of habitat extent and provides estimates of blue carbon associated with habitats and surface sediments.


Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationInverness
PublisherScottish Natural Heritage
Commissioning bodyScottish Natural Heritage
Number of pages283
ISBN (Electronic)978-17831-430-2
ISBN (Print)978-17831-430-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • Blue carbon, Inorganic carbon, Organic carbon, Storage, Sequestration, Stocks

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