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The future of Blue Carbon science

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  • Peter I. Macreadie, Deakin University
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  • Andrea Anton, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
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  • John A. Raven, University of Technology Sydney, University of Western Australia, University of Dundee
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  • Nicola Beaumont, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
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  • Rod M. Connolly, Griffith University
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  • Daniel A. Friess, National University of Singapore
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  • Jeffrey J. Kelleway, University of Wollongong
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  • Hilary Kennedy, Bangor University
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  • Tomohiro Kuwae, Port and Airport Research Institute
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  • Paul S. Lavery, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup
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  • Catherine E. Lovelock, University of Queensland
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  • Dan A. Smale, Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
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  • Eugenia T. Apostolaki, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
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  • Trisha B. Atwood, Utah State University
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  • Jeff Baldock, CSIRO Agriculture and Food
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  • Thomas S. Bianchi, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
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  • Gail L. Chmura, McGill University
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  • Bradley D. Eyre, Southern Cross University
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  • James W. Fourqurean, University of Western Australia, Florida International University
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  • Jason M. Hall-Spencer, University of Plymouth, University of Tsukuba
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  • Mark Huxham, Edinburgh Napier University
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  • Iris E. Hendriks, Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avancats
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  • Dorte Krause-Jensen
  • Dan Laffoley, World Commission on Protected Areas, IUCN
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  • Tiziana Luisetti, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
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  • Núria Marbà, Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avancats
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  • Pere Masque, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, University of Western Australia, Autonomous University of Barcelona
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  • Karen J. McGlathery, University of Virginia
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  • J. Patrick Megonigal, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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  • Daniel Murdiyarso, Bogor Agricultural University, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
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  • Bayden D. Russell, University of Hong Kong
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  • Rui Santos, Universidade do Algarve
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  • Oscar Serrano, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup
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  • Brian R. Silliman, Duke University
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  • Kenta Watanabe, Port and Airport Research Institute
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  • Carlos M. Duarte, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

The term Blue Carbon (BC) was first coined a decade ago to describe the disproportionately large contribution of coastal vegetated ecosystems to global carbon sequestration. The role of BC in climate change mitigation and adaptation has now reached international prominence. To help prioritise future research, we assembled leading experts in the field to agree upon the top-ten pending questions in BC science. Understanding how climate change affects carbon accumulation in mature BC ecosystems and during their restoration was a high priority. Controversial questions included the role of carbonate and macroalgae in BC cycling, and the degree to which greenhouse gases are released following disturbance of BC ecosystems. Scientists seek improved precision of the extent of BC ecosystems; techniques to determine BC provenance; understanding of the factors that influence sequestration in BC ecosystems, with the corresponding value of BC; and the management actions that are effective in enhancing this value. Overall this overview provides a comprehensive road map for the coming decades on future research in BC science.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer3998
TidsskriftNature Communications
Vol/bind10
Antal sider13
ISSN2041-1723
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StatusUdgivet - sep. 2019

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