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Office for Coastal Management, 2022: Assessing Kachemak Bay’s Blue Carbon Resources - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative),

Item Identification

Title: Assessing Kachemak Bay’s Blue Carbon Resources - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative)
Status: Completed

To build capacity for blue carbon in Alaska, the Kachemak Bay Reserve drew on the expertise of Waquoit Bay Reserve and their Bringing Wetlands to Market initiative to develop approaches for long-term blue carbon research and stakeholder engagement in the Lower Kenai region. Researchers from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and professionals from Silvestrum Climate Associates provided technical expertise on peatland assessments and protocols, and context for carbon markets, respectively. The project offers a novel way of thinking about building conservation programs that preserve multiple benefits of wetlands and make economic sense. This science transfer project was funded by NOAA through the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative to promote the use of science. It did not produce any new data.


The Kenai Lowlands cover 9,400 square kilometers and include huge expanses of wetlands, predominantly peatlands and tidal saltmarshes at river mouths and coastlines. These wetlands sequester large stores of carbon and provide numerous other ecological services. However, population growth and development increasingly put the privately owned and unprotected public lands of the Kenai Lowlands at risk. In response, local communities have begun to explore proactive conservation measures to keep these wetlands intact and the carbon they store out of the atmosphere. In 2016, at the request of the Kachemak Bay Community Council, a group of municipalities, government agencies, and local nonprofits, the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve partnered with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center to conduct pilot tests of saltmarsh carbon sequestration. The results spurred interest in blue carbon valuation throughout the region.


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Supplemental Information:

==Project Lead

Coowe Walker

Kachemak Bay National Estuarine

Research Reserve

(907) 235-4792

==Project Type

Science Transfer – promoting the use of science

==Project Partners

Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Alaska

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Massachusetts

Silvestrum Climate Associates


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None Kachemak Bay NERR, AK

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Distribution Liability:

The distributor does not assume liability.

Support Roles

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 795319
Date Effective From: 2017-10-31
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Cothran, Jeremy
Email Address:
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Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 795317
W° Bound: -151.9
E° Bound: -150.83
N° Bound: 59.85
S° Bound: 59.32

Kachemak Bay, AK NERR

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 795316
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2017-11-01
End: 2019-03-01

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Cite this dataset when used as a source: NOAA retains the right to analyze, synthesize and publish summaries of the NERRS/NSC data. The NERRS/NSC retains the right to be fully credited for having collected and process the data. Following academic courtesy standards, the NERR site where the data were collected should be contacted and fully acknowledged in any subsequent publications in which any part of the data are used. The data enclosed within this package/transmission are only as accurate as the quality assurance and quality control procedures that are described in the associated metadata reporting statement allow. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in any further analyses or comparisons. The Federal government does not assume liability to the Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal government reimburse or indemnify the Recipient for its liability due to any losses resulting in any way from the use of this data. Requested citation format: NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative(NSC).



CC ID: 795322
URL Type:
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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 54570
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:54570
Metadata Record Created By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Created: 2018-11-01 11:16+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-11-08
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2019-11-08
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-11-08