Quantifying the Ocean efficiency for enhanced carbon storage

September 21st, 2022

Project Lead:

Dr Richard Matear

Senior Principal Research Scientist, Ocean Storage


The ocean has a huge capacity to store anthropogenic carbon emissions, but the efficiency of ocean storage is location and process-dependent. The project will determine the meantime that carbon added into the ocean stays out of contact with the atmosphere and provide valuable information for accessing the oceans’ effectiveness at storing additional carbon. The project will assess the effectiveness of direct injection of carbon into the ocean and of enhancing the biological transfer of carbon from the euphotic zone into the ocean. Our approach will provide a 3D perspective of the location and depth where direct carbon injection would be most effective. It will also provide spatial maps and datasets of where enhancing biological export would be most effective.

Team Members:

Dr Mark Holzer