Seagrass meadows: unsung heroes in combating climate change?

Date: 12 August 2021

Time: 8 am Hawai`i / 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern

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Presenters:

Aurora M. Ricart, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Researcher at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and

Melissa Ward, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Researcher at San Diego State University

left to right: seagrass, aurora ricart and melissa ward and seagrass

Seagrass meadows can be found from the tropics to the arctic circle, with over 60 species in total. These meadows form the foundation of many marine food webs, while also serving to improve water quality, stabilize sediment, and buffer storm surge. More recently, scientists are investigating seagrasses as a natural-based solution in combating climate change. Research, including that of Drs. Aurora M Ricart and Melissa Ward of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and San Diego State University respectively, suggests that these habitats contribute to long-term climate mitigation through sediment carbon sequestration, while also serving to ameliorate the impacts of ocean acidification. In this talk, they will explore the capacity of seagrass ecosystems to help mitigate climate change effects and discuss the implications for the conservation and management of these coastal ecosystems.

The National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series provides educators, students, and the interested public with educational and scientific expertise, resources and training to support ocean and climate literacy. This series generally targets formal and informal educators that are engaging students (elementary through college) in formal classroom settings, as well as members of the community in informal educational venues (e.g. after school programs, science centers, aquariums, etc.). You can also visit the archives of the webinar series to catch up on presentations you may have missed here.

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