Outcomes: As part of the Scottish Government's objective to be world leaders in adopting evidence-based policies in the mitigation of climate change, an audit of blue carbon resources was undertaken for waters around the Orkney Islands. A number of biological and sedimentary environments were identified as being key blue carbon stock areas, including maerl beds, kelp forests and seagrass beds. Knowledge gaps were also identified and suggestions made to prioritise future research, and the audit will go on to inform the Orkney Islands Marine Region: State of the Environment Assessment.
How EMODnet Seabed Habitats helped the user: EUSeaMap 2016 provided both the substrate and biozone data for the study area, from which blue carbon habitats were identified.
When was it used: 2020
What product was used: EUSeaMap 2016, both substrate and biozone data
How was the product used: Spatial data for each habitat and substrate type were extracted, categorised by blue carbon category and standing stock of carbon estimated for each habitat. Blue carbon estimates were calculated from contributions of biological material to fixation of carbon (also termed 'production') and contributions of sediments to blue carbon storage. This allowed for regional-scale estimation of habitat extent, providing an estimate of blue carbon associated with habitats and surface sediments.
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