AGEDI will be collaborating with Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, (EAD) and a team of international experts and volunteers.
Blue Carbon refers to the ability of coastal vegetation to store and sequester carbon. Blue carbon ecosystems, which include mangrove forests, saltmarshes, and seagrass beds, store and sequester carbon in biomass and sediments. When these ecosystems are destroyed, buried carbon can be released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide (CO2 ), contributing to climate change and ocean acidification. Understanding Blue Carbon resources can therefore help determine the extent to which these ecosystems can help contribute to mitigate this.
The Blue Carbon concept has strengthened interest in the management and conservation of coastal marine ecosystems, and supporting climate change mitigation efforts.
Currently we are seeking to quantify annual carbon sequestration rates of mangroves in the UAE through radiometric means (Lead-210, Cesium-137, and Radium-226 [optional]). Such methods offer the most appropriate means to determine carbon sequestration rates for national inventories and coastal management planning. Five sites will be selected with 2 samples per each being analysed. Both healthy and those areas under stress will be calculated.