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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research project: ECO2 Sub-seabed CO2 Storage: Impact on Marine Ecosystems

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The ECO2 project sets out to assess the risks associated with storage of CO2 below the seabed.

The project will establish a framework of best environmental practices to guide the management of offshore CO2 injection and storage and as addendum to the EU directive on “Geological Storage of CO2” for the marine realm.

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1. To investigate the likelihood of leakage from sub-seabed storage sites
2. To study the potential effects of leakage on benthic organisms and marine ecosystems
3. To assess the risks of sub-seabed carbon dioxide storage
4. To develop a comprehensive monitoring strategy using cutting-edge monitoring techniques
5. To define guidelines for the best environmental practices in implementation and management of sub-seabed storage sites

Key Contacts

Dr Chris Hauton

Related research groups

Marine Biology and Ecology
Seabed impact map
Seabed impact map
In ECO2 AUVs such as Autosub, are being used to test monitoring strategies for use in the vicinity of geological storage reservoirs and to generate seabed impact maps of sea bed, such as below.
NERC AUV Autosub
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