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Kelp help: seeking options for blue carbon

Kelp help: seeking options for blue carbon

Kelp help: seeking options for blue carbon

Conserving the world's oceans and coastal ecosystems is a no-regrets strategy posing huge benefits for people and planet, explains Carlos Duarte, KAUSTs leading marine ecologist. For three decades, Duarte has led research into blue carbon ecosystems that can help both mitigation and adaptation to climate change and that include coasts, sandy beaches, mangroves, kelp forests, salt marshes and seagrasses. Read more >>> Read more

Research links reef resiliency to no-take zones, healthy fish populations

Research links reef resiliency to no-take zones, healthy fish populations

Research links reef resiliency to no-take zones, healthy fish populations

In the first study of its kind, A connectivity portfolio effect stabilizes marine reserve performance demonstrates that a network of no-take zones ensures a consistent supply of replenished fish stocks across marine reserve habitats. No-take zones are marine protected areas (MPAs) where fishing activities are not allowed in order to preserve biodiversity. Read more >>> Read more

Mangroves lock away carbon

Mangroves lock away carbon

Mangroves lock away carbon

High levels of dissolved calcium carbonate present in their bedrock indicate that Red Sea mangroves are capable of removing more carbon than previously thought, KAUST researchers have found. The study's findings highlight the need to consider calcium carbonate dissolution in mangroves growing on carbonate platforms as an important carbon storage mechanism. Read more >>> Read more
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