Short Citation:
Office for Coastal Management, 2020: Feasibility Planning for Pacific Northwest Blue Carbon Finance Projects - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative),

Item Identification

Title: Feasibility Planning for Pacific Northwest Blue Carbon Finance Projects - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative)
Status: Planned

This catalyst project takes the next step by demonstrating the feasibility of including carbon finance in funding strategies that support the conservation and restoration of tidal wetlands, eelgrasses, and coastal lowland sea level rise buffer areas in the Pacific Northwest. By evaluating the viability of blue carbon projects at two sites in Washington (Snohomish and Skagit Estuaries) and one in Oregon (Coos Estuary), the project team is advancing local stakeholders’ understanding of next steps for blue carbon management and financing opportunities for land management actions in coastal communities.


Tidal wetlands play an important role in carbon sequestration by capturing a substantial amount of carbon—termed “blue carbon”—and storing it below ground. Since the Verified Carbon Standard first released a draft “Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration” in 2013, members of the Pacific Northwest Coastal Blue Carbon Working Group have been working to fill blue carbon data gaps to facilitate the application of this methodology to the conservation and restoration of Pacific Northwest tidal wetlands. This includes data collection and database development efforts, such as the Pacific Northwest blue carbon stocks and database project supported by the Science Collaborative.

Supplemental Information:

Project Lead

Craig Cornu

Institute for Applied Ecology

(541) 260-2916


Project Type

Catalyst – Targeted investment for

advancing collaborative science

Project Collaborators

• Cool Effect

• Environmental Services Inc.

• Institute for Applied Ecology

• Oregon State University

• Padilla Bay National Estuarine

Research Reserve, Washington

• Portland State University

• Puget Sound Partnership

• Restore America’s Estuaries

• Silvestrum Climate Associates, LLC

• South Slough National Estuarine

Research Reserve, Oregon

• Terracarbon, LLC

• The Climate Trust

• Verified Carbon Standard

• Washington Department

of Natural Resources

• Western Washington University


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 > Oregon
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America > Washington
None Padilla Bay NERR, WA
None South Slough NERR, OR

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Distribution Liability:

The distributor does not assume liability.

Support Roles

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 795495
Date Effective From: 2017-10-31
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Cothran, Jeremy
Email Address:


CC ID: 795496
Date Effective From: 2018-09
Date Effective To: 2019-08
Contact (Person): Cornu, Craig
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 886192
W° Bound: -124.344
E° Bound: -124.265
N° Bound: 43.315
S° Bound: 43.263

South Slough, OR NERR

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 2

CC ID: 795493
W° Bound: -122.562
E° Bound: -122.455
N° Bound: 48.58
S° Bound: 48.45

Padilla Bay, WA NERR

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 795492
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2018-09-01
End: 2019-08-01

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


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: 795498
URL Type:
Online Resource

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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 54581
Metadata Record Created By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Created: 2018-11-01 11:28+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Tyler Christensen
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2020-07-10 17:04+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2020-07-10
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2021-07-11