Blue carbon audit of Orkney waters

Joanne Porter, William Austin, Michael Burrows, Duncan Clarke, Gareth Davies, Nick Kamenos, Simone Riegel, Craig Smeaton, C Page, Andrew Want

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This study provides an audit of the potential blue carbon resources present in the coastal waters around Orkney, bounded by the 12 nautical mile limit and including the Loch of Stenness brackish water lagoon. This report builds on previous work in which blue carbon stocks in Marine Protected Areas in Scottish waters were estimated from i) contributions of biological material to the fixation of carbon, also referred to as production, and ii) contributions of sediments to blue carbon storage. The methodology has been further developed here to allow regional-scale estimation of habitat extent and provides estimates of blue carbon associated with habitats and surface sediments.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherMarine Scotland
Commissioning bodyMARINE SCOTLAND
Number of pages96
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameScottish Marine and Freshwater Science Reports
PublisherMarine Scotland
ISSN (Print)2043-7722
ISSN (Electronic)2043-7722


  • Carbon
  • Orkney
  • Sediment
  • Saltmarsh
  • Elp
  • Biogenic
  • Audit
  • Organic
  • Inorganic
  • Blue carbon
  • Carbonate
  • Climate change
  • Marine


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