As an Earth Scientist I research short and long term impacts of climate change on the oceans at both modern and geological timescales. Bringing a geological perspective to this Blue Carbon project has been amazing, and using high resolution techniques to image, assess, measure and analyse the contribution of sea grass to blue carbon stock has been very rewarding. We have been able to pilot new methods for analysing blue carbon at our labs here in Plymouth, and I look forward to exploring further how our research can contribute more to the understanding of carbon stocks in the ocean, seagrass restoration projects, and carbon sequestration on longer timescales.
There is much interest in the capacity of seagrass beds to store carbon, with variable data being provided from within UK seagrass bed. The aim of this work is to collect high-resolution data on carbon values from 3m cores taken within and outside of seagrass beds in Plymouth Sound. This will, for the first time, show the detailed pattern of carbon storage with depth under a seagrass bed and, by aging the core, provide information on the rate of storage of carbon that will be essential for assessing the viability of seagrass beds for carbon investment.
Professor of Marine Ecology