Seagrass

Saving Seagrasses from Dredging – New Research Finds Solutions

16th November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org.  “Timing of dredging is the key to helping preserve one of the world’s most productive and important ecosystems—seagrass meadows, a new study led by QUT researchers has found. The study, published overnight in Nature Communications, was led by QUT researchers in collaboration with seagrass experts at Edith Cowan and James… [more]

Current State of Seagrass Ecosystem Services: Research & Policy Integration

12th October 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Ocean & Coastal Management. Highlights: Seagrass ecosystem services (SGES) research suffers from three main research biases. Geographical bias: research has been mostly limited to chartered areas. Service type bias: cultural services remain understudied. Discipline bias: economic and social aspects of SES need more attention. The operationalization of SGES will need… [more]

Seagrass Ecosystem Services – What’s Next?

25th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Marine Pollution Bulletin. “Abstract: Seagrasses, marine flowering plants, provide a wide range of ecosystem services, defined here as natural processes and components that directly or indirectly benefit human needs. Recent research has shown that there are still many gaps in our comprehension of seagrass ecosystem service provision. Furthermore, there seems… [more]

Measuring the Role of Seagrasses in Regulating Sediment Surface Elevation

21st September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published in Scientific Report.  “Abstract: Seagrass meadows provide numerous ecosystem services and their rapid global loss may reduce human welfare as well as ecological integrity. In common with the other ‘blue carbon’ habitats (mangroves and tidal marshes) seagrasses are thought to provide coastal defence and encourage sediment stabilisation and surface elevation. A… [more]

Seagrasses Help Fight Climate Change in Norway

13th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on GRID-ARENDAL. “Human activity releases 9.9 Gt of carbon every year. That’s 9,900,000,000 tonnes – equivalent to emissions from 2 billion passenger cars for one year. For perspective, there are just over a billion cars on the road in the world today. What is the atmosphere doing with all of this… [more]

Are Seagrass Meadows the Key to Carbon Storage?

5th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Particle.  “Under the sea exists a lifeform vital to the health of marine ecosystems and beneficial to humans. It’s not sharks, which keep food chains in balance. And it’s not coral reefs, which are the most biodiverse marine ecosystems. It’s grass. Well, seagrass. Which is a flowering plant, more like a… [more]