UK: Montrose pupils lead launch of blue carbon citizen science project
Primary pupils have stepped onto the saltmarshes of Montrose Basin to spearhead a St Andrews University-led climate change mapping project.
The local youngsters were part of the launch event for a citizen science project which aims to create a national picture of the blue carbon contained in Scotland’s coastal wetlands.
Oceans play a vital role in trapping and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) that would otherwise contribute to global warming and blue carbon refers to that stored in marine habitats, such as saltmarshes.
The marine ecosystems are highly effective at capturing CO2 and storing carbon in organic-rich soils, often over thousands of years.