Review paper on the applications of genomics technologies towards ocean based biological carbon capture and nature based solutions

September 20th, 2022

Seagrass Meadows Sequester Blue Research Carbon Coastal Occean

Project Lead:

Sharon Hook

Senior Research Scientist, Biocapture


Biologically based carbon capture methods have the advantage that they can be implemented immediately without the requirement for technology development. Ocean based carbon dioxide removal (CDR) has the advantage of not requiring fresh water or arable land. However, the biggest impediments towards implementing some biologically based carbon dioxide removal strategies are the uncertainty in the efficacy of the approach, the permanence with which carbon is sequestered, and the other changes to the environment as a consequence of applying the CDR method. Traditionally, the climate space and CDR technologies are being implemented by Oceanographers, Engineers, and others who may not be aware of how modern genomics based approaches could resolve this uncertainty. Researchers may also not be aware of the benefit of incorporating compound specific stable isotopic analyses to determine the permanence of the storage. We are writing a review/position paper, targeted for a generalist audience at a high impact journal outlining the benefits of utilising these new approaches.

The paper will help reinvigorate consideration of some NETs (such as ocean fertilisation) and improve the validation of others (nature-based solutions). The paper will also guide CarbonLock’s participation in external initiatives. 

Team Members:

lev bodrossy

Principal Research Scientist, Environmental Genomics

Dr Anusuya Willis

Research Scientist – Algal Molecular Biologist / Physiologist, Biocapture

brewer elizabeth

Experimental Scientist, Biogeochemical Traces