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Blue Carbon

Blue carbon refers to carbon that is being stored in coastal and marine ecosystems. Coastal wetlands characterized by an abundance of saltmarsh, mangroves or seagrass are particularly important for sequestering carbon in the sediment and biomass.  Around the country, in a diversity of these types of habitats, Sea Grant is hard at work unlocking the mysteries of these systems and how they affect the dynamics of greenhouse gases contributing to climate change.

The findings of Sea Grant-supported researchers contribute to the knowledge of resource managers and other decision-makers so they can be more informed about conservation and restoration options appropriate for a changing world.

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Research Informs Management of Phragmites in Marshes

Maryland’s coastal wetlands provide diverse ecosystem services for the Chesapeake Bay region, reduce flooding risks, and help to improve local water quality. These natural communities, however, also face threats from rising sea levels and invasive species. Of particular concern is the non-native reed Phragmites australis, which has displaced native marsh grasses in many Mid-Atlantic wetlands in recent decades. To inform the management of this invasive reed, Maryland Sea Grant funded research to better understand how climate change might affect the growth of Phragmites populations around Chesapeake Bay.

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