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Managed seaweed forests restore ocean health with the same pathways as in nature (photosynthesis, digestion, and nutrient return to photosynthesis). Ocean health is restored during digestion when the carbon in seaweed is separated from the plant nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, iron, etc.). The carbon is captured as energy and carbon dioxide.
The peer-reviewed publication, “Negative carbon via Ocean afforestation,” describes how this process has the potential to responsibly reverse climate change. It does this by reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations through expanding forests of seaweed. Recycling plant nutrients expands the seaweed forests, creating biodiverse ocean afforestation zones, with ocean pH levels closer to normal. Initially, areas without acidification sustain shellfish. Eventually higher populations of edible crustaceans and fish enjoy the new seaweed forests. Calculations in the paper suggest that CO2 levels in the atmosphere could be brought down to 350 ppm and climate change could be reversed in less than 50 years.
Scientist's December 2012 revised predictions for Climate Change tipping points for Arctic sea ice, permafrost melting methane, and methane hydrates are depressing. Seaweed forests offer hope for taming ocean acidification, denitrification, warming, and other crises associated with climate change. Consider how you can participate in its development. Suggestions include:
If you are interested in participating in any way, please contact us.
- Join Ocean Foresters' scientific and technical advisory board to ensure everything is done in in a safe and sustainable way.
- Join Ocean Foresters' social justice and governance advisory board to ensure everything is done in in a socially just and politically responsible way.
- Promote the establishment of Ocean Afforestation zones with locally higher pH to counter ocean acidification and increased sustainable harvests of crustaceans and fish.
- Suggest using Ocean Afforestation to clean up “dead zones” and move excess nutrients back to terrestrial agriculture.
- Find funding to refine the techniques for managing seaweed forests for maximum biodiversity.
Authors' versions of the peer-reviewed publications are available: