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Blue Carbon - Blue Carbon is about mitigating climate change through coastal ecosystem management. Blue carbon refers to the carbon captured by the world’s ocean and coastal systems. These environments utilize the natural carbon sinks within seagrass meadow, mangrove, kelp forest, and salt marsh ecosystems to sequester, store, and release carbon over thousands of years. Blue carbon habitats are even more efficient at carbon capture than terrestrial forests and due to this, these environments are becoming key areas in the search for natural and artificial carbon sinks to aid in the reduction of atmospheric carbon dioxide, and can be found around the world.

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Today's Coastal Factoid

Coral scent could indicate reef health

"A study led by Dr Caitlin Lawson is the first to explore the mix of volatile gases emitted by healthy and stressed corals, identifying a distinct chemical diversity among compounds that may play important – but previously unrecognised – roles in reef functioning." - Excerpt from University of Technology, Sydney
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State of the Beach

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The Surfrider Foundation State of the Beach report is our continually-updated assessment of the health of our nation’s beaches. It is intended to empower concerned citizens and coastal managers by giving them the information needed to take action. For over ten years we have been collecting information on beach access, surf zone water quality, beach erosion, beach fill, shoreline structures, beach ecology and surfing areas to get an understanding of the condition of our nation’s beaches and the effectiveness of programs and policies designed to protect them.

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Why Beachapedia?

Beachapedia captures decades of experience and knowledge gained by Surfrider Foundation activists, scientists and staff through hundreds of environmental and educational campaigns on our coasts. By sharing this resource with the public we hope to provide tools and information to help communities make a positive impact on their local beaches. If you would like to contribute please visit this page.

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