Carbon Sinks in Coastal Marine Ecosystems

The Challenge

Coastal habitats like wetlands, marshes, mangroves, and kelp forests are critical for storing and sequestering excess carbon from the atmosphere and ocean. This project involves studying the carbon sequestration rates and carbon stocks within the sediment deposits of key Southern California coastal habitats.  The research is intended to inform how future management, restoration, and adaptation of these habitats can maximize carbon storage and sequestration. 

Our Approach & Partners

The Center is partnering with the non-profit, Wildcoast, to conduct the first countywide assessment of blue carbon in coastal habitats around Southern California. Read more about this project and partnership on Wildcoast's website.

Matt Costa takes sediment samples