STEMM-CCS: Strategies for Environmental Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage

Project Department: Uni Research Climate (groups: Biogeochemistry, Biogeochemical Oceanography) period: 01.03.16 - 29.02.20

About the project


STEMM-CCS is an ambitious multi-disciplinary project that will deliver new approaches, methodologies and tools for the safe operation of offshore carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) sites. CCS is a powerful mitigation strategy for addressing the increasing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. The storage of CO2 in underground reservoir, for example in depleted oil and gas fields or aquifers, is a demonstrated technology on land and- to more limited extent- in marine systems. STEMM-CCS will develop approaches to help ensure we select appropriate marine storage sites and can monitor them effectively, thus further increasing confidence in CCS as a option for reducing atmospheric CO2.

Drawing together expertise from across academia an industry, STEMM-CCS will provide a set of tools, technics and methods to enhance our understanding of CCS in the marine environment. We will identify new cost-effective ways to stablish environmental and ecological baselines, advance understanding of how co2 can move through the subsurface, and develop new techniques for the efficient and accurate detection of any co2 escape. Many of our activities will lead to the development or enhancement of sensing technologies, which also have applications beyond the CCS arena and may be suitable for commercialization. Throughout the project there will be a high level of engagement with policy makers and stakeholders to ensure the widest possible exchange of knowledge, including with countries outside Europe that are currently developing offshore CCS.

Research partners:
National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
Heriot-Watt University
Max Planck Institute of Marine Microbiology (MPI-MM)
Norwegian Institute for Water research (NIVA)
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
Technische Universität Graz (TU Graz)
University of Bergen
Uni Research
University of Southampton
University of Tromsø
Associated: Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar und Meeresforschung
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