Estimating Seagrass Blue Carbon and Policy Implications: The Australian Perspective

  • Peter J. RalphEmail author
  • J. R. Crosswell
  • T. Cannard
  • Andrew D. L. Steven


Blue carbon policy supports carbon sequestration whilst also conserving our remaining seagrass meadows. The complex biogeochemical processes within the sediment of seagrass meadows are responsible for the longevity of the stored carbon. Carbon stock and accumulation rates are controlled by the interaction of hydrodynamic, geochemical and biotic processes unique to each meadow. Carbon content (stock and flux) of a meadow must be quantified for inclusion in carbon accounting, whether for market trading or national greenhouse gas accounting. Management of seagrass blue carbon also requires estimates of additionality, leakage, permanence, conversion and emission factors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter J. Ralph
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. R. Crosswell
    • 2
  • T. Cannard
    • 3
  • Andrew D. L. Steven
    • 3
  1. 1.Climate Change ClusterUniversity of Technology SydneyBroadwayAustralia
  2. 2.CSIRO Oceans and AtmosphereHobartAustralia
  3. 3.CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, EcoSciences PrecinctBrisbaneAustralia

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