Coastal Blue Carbon Conference

New Guidance & Tools for Coastal Managers and Policymakers
May 12 & 13, 2015

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2015 Cape Coastal Conference

Results of the Bringing Wetlands to Market Project and Related Research and Implications for Wetlands Conservation and Restoration in New England and Beyond

Bringing Wetlands to Market is a four year project at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve that examined the relationship between salt marshes, climate change, and nitrogen pollution. The Project used cutting edge science to quantify greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in coastal wetlands and predict greenhouse gas fluxes across a range of environmental settings. The project also elevated understanding about the importance of blue carbon and developed new tools and resources to enable coastal managers and policymakers to leverage blue carbon to achieve broader wetlands management, restoration, and conservation goals.

At this time, the models and data presented in these presentations are for discussion purposes only and are not permitted to be used for publication. Questions about use of the models and data should be directed to the Bringing Wetlands to Market team members.

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Day one

SESSION 1: Why Blue Carbon Matters to New England

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Overview & Opening Remarks

James Rassman, Acting Manager & Stewardship Coordinator, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Tonna-Marie Surgeon Rogers, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Keynote – Blue Carbon: A New Tool for the Coastal Manager and Policymaker’s Toolkit

David Yoskowitz, Ph.D., Chief Economist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Keynote – The State of Blue Carbon Science

Lisamarie Windham-Myers, Ph.D., Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey

SESSION 2: Innovations in Blue Carbon Science
Findings from the Bringing Wetlands to Market Project

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Bringing Wetlands to Market: Nitrogen and Coastal Blue Carbon – Bridging Science, Policy, and Management

Tonna-Marie Surgeon Rogers, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Building a Salt Marsh Greenhouse Gas Budget: Quantifying Emissions in Respose to Nitrogen Loading

Jianwu (Jim) Tang, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory

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Building a Salt Marsh Greenhouse Gas Budget: Quantifying the Role of Tidal Exchanges of Carbon and Greenhouse Gases

Kevin Kroeger, Ph.D., Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

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Examining Relationships Between Greenhouse Gas Fluxes and Plant Zones

Serena Moseman-Valtierra, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island

SESSION 3: Blue Carbon Financing: Applications & Tools
for Wetlands Conservation and Restoration

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Introduction to Coastal Blue Carbon Markets and Carbon Finance

Steve Emmett-Mattox, Senior Director for Strategic Planning, Restore America’s Estuaries

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Bringing Blue Carbon to Market: An Introduction to the Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration Methodology and Guidance Document

Steve Emmett-Mattox, Senior Director for Strategic Planning, Restore America’s Estuaries and Steve Crooks, Ph.D., Climate Change Program Manager, ESA, Inc.

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A Model to Help You Determine Your Wetland’s Carbon Budget

Omar Abdul Aziz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Florida International University

Blue Carbon Economics of Salt Marsh Restoration: Herring River Restoration Project Case Study

Tom Walker, Consulting Economist, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and Tim Smith, Restoration Ecologist, Cape Cod National Seashore

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Considerations in Planning a Blue Carbon Project

Steve Crooks, Ph.D., Climate Change Program Manager, ESA, Inc.

Ask the Presenters: Lingering Blue Carbon Questions

Bringing Wetlands to Market Project Team

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Day two

SESSION 4: Blue Carbon Application Issues Focus:
Climate, Sea Level Rise, and Nitrogen

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Welcome & Introduction to the Day: Focusing in on Blue Carbon Applications in New England

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Salt Marsh Response to Sea Level Rise and Implications for Blue Carbon

Meagan Eagle Gonneea, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

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Climate and Coastal Resilience: National Policy Opportunities for Coastal Blue Carbon

Ariana Sutton-Grier, Ph.D., Assistant Research Scientist, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland, and Ecosystem Science Adviser, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Nitrogen Impacts on Marshes: Field and Greenhouse Findings and Implications for Management

Cathleen Wigand,Ph.D., Research Ecologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Nitrogen Impacts on Carbon Storage in Wetlands

Jianwu (Jim) Tang, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory, Kevin Kroeger, Ph.D., Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Serena MosemanValtierra, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island; Meagan Eagle Gonneea, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Session 5 & 6:
Hands-On Learning (Mini-Workshops)

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Innovations in Science and Field Work for the BWM project and Additional Questions

SESSION 7:
What’s Next for Blue Carbon in New England

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Panel Discussion

Jon Kachmar, Southeastern Massachusetts Program Director, The Nature Conservancy; Aisling O’Shea, Manager Global Warming Solutions, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; Tim Purinton , Director, Massachussetts Division of Ecological Restoration; Kristin Wilson, Ph.D., Research Coordinator, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve; Moderator: Steve Crooks, Ph.D., Climate Change Program Manager, ESA, Inc.

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