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The Implication for the Marine Environment of CO2 Releases - ME2107

Key Customer Purpose
We need a better understanding of the potential implications for marine ecosystems of slow releases of CO2 in order to assess the potential risks associated with CO2 sequestration as a means of reducing emissions to the atmosphere.

Summary Objectives
To assess what impact slow and persistent releases of CO2 would have on the ecosystem of the North Sea. This will require a programme including modelling, to assess the rate at which released CO2 would disperse, mesocosm experiments to assess effects on controlled trial sites, and work to understand better the carbonate cycle and the effects of pH changes of this on the biochemistry of marine organisms.
Project Documents
• Final Report : IMCO2 Final Report   (4866k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2007

Cost: £402,571
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Carbon Dioxide              
Ecosystem Functioning              
Environmental monitoring              
Environmental Protection              
Marine Impacts              
Water quality monitoring              
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine