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Project figures and St Margaret's Primary pupils at Montrose basis.

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.

© SuppliedProject figures and St Margaret’s pupils at the Basin event.

The marine ecosystems are highly effective at capturing CO2 and storing carbon in organic-rich soils, often over thousands of years.

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