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CSIRO Coastal Carbon Cluster launch: Attila Brungs and Peter Ralph (UTS), Andy Stevens (CSIRO) and Carlos Duarte (UWA). Photo by Anna Zhu

What is the Coastal Carbon Cluster?

The Marine and Coastal Carbon Biogeochemistry Cluster (The Coastal Carbon Cluster) (opens an external site) is Australia’s largest ever coastal blue carbon accounting and measurement study. The Coastal Carbon Cluster combines CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Flagship with the research capabilities of 8 partner universities including UTS which is the administering organisation. The CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Fund facilitates involvement of the wider Australian research community in addressing the nation's most significant challenges and opportunities. Flagship Clusters are three-year partnerships between CSIRO Flagships, universities and other public research agencies

What will it do?

The CSIRO Coastal carbon Cluster aims to improve methods in estimating how much carbon is stored in coastal areas. The Cluster will collate existing data and deliver new data to enhance CSIRO’s modelling capacity to predict national coastal carbon budgets.

What role does C3 play?

C3 Executive Director Professor Peter Ralph is the co-cluster leader, with Professor Carlos Duarte (opens external site) from the University of Western Australia.

C3 researchers lead, or are involved in, research across the whole spectrum of The Coastal Carbon Cluster study:

Dr Joey Crosswell - Joey's environmental and engineering background will be put to good use as he is a part of a diverse research group studying benthic-pelagic coupling in Australian estuary and reef systems

Dr Martina Doblin – Martina is a microalgal specialist with expertise in assessing diversity, photosynthetic capacity and productivity of epiphytic, benthic and pelagic forms of microalgae within seagrass and other habitats. She leads the team investigating pelagic community metabolism in Australian coastal waters.

Professor Alfredo Huete – Alfredo is a remote sensing specialist who uses satellite data to observe land surface responses and interactions with climate, land use activities, and major disturbance events. His expertise is used in regional inventory scaling and data assimilation, and parameter and model uncertainties.

Professor Tony Larkum – Tony is a world authority on seagrasses and is considered one of the pioneers of research on seagrass physiology, ecology and conservation. His expertise is used on the team investigating carbon sequestration, stoichiometry and stores potential of representative Australian coastal ecosystems.

Dr Peter Macreadie – Peter is a seagrass ecologist, specialising in experimental approaches to understanding how biophysical factors mediate resilience in seagrasses. His expertise will be used in three out of the four study areas including carbon sequestration in representative Australian coastal ecosystems and community metabolism in both benthic and pelagic environments.

Dr Katherina Petrou – Katherina is a microalgal and seagrass physiologist, specialising in photosynthetic processes, pigments and bio-optical properties of aquatic plants under environmental stress. She works in two of the study areas including carbon sequestration and benthic community metabolism.

Professor Peter Ralph - has advanced our understanding of seagrass physiology using innovative technologies. He continues to drive our understanding of seagrass growing at their environmental limits. Peter leads the work package that studies benthic community metabolism and benthic pelagic coupling. He also contributes his experience and expertise to the carbon sequestration and pelagic community metabolism teams.

Dr Justin Seymour – Justin is a marine microbial ecologist who specializes in studying the ecological interactions of planktonic and benthic bacteria and investigates the important and dynamic relationship between seagrasses and their associated microbiota. Justin contributes to two teams within the study: benthic community metabolism and benthic-pelagic coupling, pelagic community metabolism in Australian coastal waters

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