Short Citation:
Office for Coastal Management, 2020: Assessing Kachemak Bay’s Blue Carbon Resources and Increasing Community Awareness and Commitment to Preserving Wetland Ecosystem Services - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative),

Item Identification

Title: Assessing Kachemak Bay’s Blue Carbon Resources and Increasing Community Awareness and Commitment to Preserving Wetland Ecosystem Services - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative)
Status: Planned

The Kachemak Bay Reserve will hold initial meetings with the Waquoit Bay Reserve and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center to learn from their experience and expertise in blue carbon markets and implementing stakeholder engagement strategies. These sessions will increase Kachemak Bay Reserve’s knowledge of blue carbon markets and environmental values in communities, while also introducing partners to community stakeholders and environmental resources in Kachemak Bay. The Kachemak Bay Reserve team will then work with their local partners to understand how landowners value wetlands, and use that information to develop a plan and communications products for local stakeholder engagement. They will also work with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center to develop an assessment strategy for identifying and monitoring blue carbon resources in wetlands throughout the Lower Kenai Peninsula in the form of wetland maps that quantify wetland carbon stocks.


The Kenai Lowlands cover 9,400 square kilometers, with much of the area comprised of wetlands and over half of the landscape characterized as peatlands. These wetlands sequester large stores of carbon, preventing the carbon from entering the atmosphere. In 2016, at the request of the Kachemak Bay Community Council, a group of municipalities, government agencies, and local non-profits, the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve partnered with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center to conduct pilot tests of saltmarsh carbon sequestration. The results spurred interest in blue carbon valuation throughout the region.

This project will build on Kachemak Bay Reserve’s expertise in wetland ecosystem function and ecosystem services to map carbon stores in Kenai Peninsula wetlands, and explore opportunities for engaging local stakeholders in valuing wetlands. The reserve will benefit from the expertise of Waquoit Bay Reserve’s blue carbon stakeholder engagement process and from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s expertise in global blue carbon assessment.


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Supplemental Information:

Project Lead

Coowe Walker

Kachemak Bay National Estuarine

Research Reserve

(907) 235-4792

Project Type

Science Transfer – promoting the use

of science

Project Partners

• Kachemak Bay National Estuarine

Research Reserve, Alaska

• Smithsonian Environmental

Research Center

• Waquoit Bay National Estuarine

Research Reserve, Massachusetts


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Marine Ecosystems > Estuary

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Alaska
None Kachemak Bay NERR, AK

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
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Support Roles

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 795319
Date Effective From: 2017-10-31
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Cothran, Jeremy
Email Address:


CC ID: 795320
Date Effective From: 2017-11
Date Effective To: 2019
Contact (Person): Walker, Coowe
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 795317
W° Bound: -151.9
E° Bound: -150.83
N° Bound: 59.85
S° Bound: 59.32

Kachemak Bay, AK NERR

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 795316
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2017-11-01
End: 2019-03-01

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
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Data Use Constraints:

Cite this dataset when used as a source: NOAA retains the right to analyze, synthesize and publish summaries of the NERRS/NSC data. The NERRS/NSC retains the right to be fully credited for having collected and process the data. Following academic courtesy standards, the NERR site where the data were collected should be contacted and fully acknowledged in any subsequent publications in which any part of the data are used. The data enclosed within this package/transmission are only as accurate as the quality assurance and quality control procedures that are described in the associated metadata reporting statement allow. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in any further analyses or comparisons. The Federal government does not assume liability to the Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal government reimburse or indemnify the Recipient for its liability due to any losses resulting in any way from the use of this data. Requested citation format: NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative(NSC).



CC ID: 795322
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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 54570
Metadata Record Created By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Created: 2018-11-01 11:16+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-11-08 16:20+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-11-08
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-11-08