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Create an updated overview of the carbon cycles of kelp, eelgrass and rockweed in the Nordic region

Address the knowledge gaps in long-term carbon storage of macrovegetation in Nordic waters

Provide the knowledge basis for inclusion of Blue Forests in the national Nordic inventories


WP1: Distribution and biomass of blue forests in the Nordic countries
Get an overview of existing data of Blue Forests in the Nordic countries and create distribution maps
WP2: Fieldwork- carbon export and sequestration
Fill the empirical knowledge gaps and quantify missing key values in the Nordic carbon cycle
WP3: Carbon cycling in blue forests
Investigate the marine carbon budget and pathways, including carbon uptake, export and sequestration in Norwegian Blue Forests
WP4: Blue forests now and in the future – pressures and possibilities for management measures
Understand the ecological relationships and pressures in blue forests today and in the future
WP5: Communication and outreach
Facilitate dissemination of the results from the project to relevant management bodies and research environments, both nationally and to the Nordic countries
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Our Partners

The project, funded by the Norwegian Environment Agency, through the Nordic Council of Ministers, is led by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), in cooperation with the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), GRID-Arendal, Aarhus University (Denmark), Åbo Akademi University (Finland) and the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). The three institutions NIVA, IMR and GRID-Arendal together comprise the Norwegian Blue Forests Network (NBFN).

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