The “Taking Stock” Project
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Overview of the project
Links with related research
Taking Stock was linked to a larger project called Quest. Researcher Mark Coughlan explains:
‘Ireland has a large marine area that can store a lot of carbon in mud on the seabed. However, we are just starting to understand how this works and we do not know how much carbon is currently stored in the seabed, or how much there was in the past. Meanwhile, Ireland’s seabed is under increasing pressure because of human activities, for example wind farm development and fishing. It is also affected by climate change. To fully understand the importance of mud on the seabed for carbon storage, and to sustainably manage this ecosystem, we must study these muds closely. The Quest project team brings together experienced researchers to do this work. An important goal of the project is to provide advice on the sustainable management of Ireland’s offshore environment. This may include creating Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), or other ways to realise the Government’s Climate Action Plan and its commitment to a clean, healthy and diverse marine environment. Quest will also engage with the public to understand people’s perceptions of mud on the seabed, for example through Taking Stock.’
Research for the Taking Stock project has now concluded. As part of the project, the team produced a policy brief 'Carbon in Marine Sediments: Dundalk Bay and Potential Climate Mitigation', which can be accessed Taking Stock Policy Brief. Several publications are also forthcoming from the project.
Meet the team
The Taking Stock project is led by the following researchers:
Prof. Tasman Crowe
This study has emanated from research supported by a research grant from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) under grant number 13/RC/2092_P2.