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Giant kelp ‘Blue carbon’ storage and sequestration value in the Falkland Islands 2017


‘Blue carbon’, which is captured and stored as standing biomass, or sequestered into sediments from coastal vegetation such as mangroves, marshes and seagrass, is gaining attention as a globally important climate regulating service. This study aims to estimate the current extent and density of Macrocystis kelp forest found within the Falkland Islands, analyse if this distribution is stable or changing, and then apply a monetary valuation to both the carbon stored and the carbon sequestered annually to deep-sea sediments within this system, based on published values of the Social cost of carbon (SCC).

This study was undertaken as part of a programme of Natural Capital Assessment (NCA) in the UK's South Atlantic Overseas Territories implemented by JNCC and conducted by SAERI. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the UK Government through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), the work sits under the Environmental Resilience programme which includes objectives to integrate natural capital considerations into economic and social development planning.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2017··

Bayley, D.T.I . Marengo, I. Baker, H & Pelembe, T. 2017. Giant kelp ‘Blue carbon’ storage and sequestration value in the Falkland Islands. Natural Capital in the UK’s Overseas Territories Report Series – Supplementary Report (South Atlantic Region).  Contracted report to JNCC.

Contracted report to JNCC as part of the 'Natural Capital in the Caribbean and South Atlantic Overseas Territories: Valuation, Vulnerability and Monitoring Change' project.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Open, cite source of data

Metadata date 2020·08·10

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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