Quantifying and Monitoring Potential Ecosystem Impacts of Geological Carbon Storage (QICS)

The purpose of the QICS project was to understand how the UK marine environment would respond to a potential leak from a carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) system and to develop strategies for effective monitoring. In order to understand the nature and impact of a possible leak QICS scientists created a novel real-world controlled leakage experiment.

The risk of leakage from storage sites is thought to be low; however, it is vitally important to investigate the benefits and risks of climate change mitigation strategies early in their development. The QICS research is a great advance in understanding the science needed to develop CCS risk assessments and will lead to the recommendation of the best monitoring strategies to ensure early detection of a leak. The work is being carried out alongside stakeholders from industry, government and the public to ensure that the information produced is useful, understandable and accessible to all.

QICS was led by PML in collaboration with the Scottish Association for Marine Science and four other institutions.

This project has been completed

Key information

Funder: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Project start date: April 2010

Project end date: June 2015

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Jerry Blackford
Head of Science - Marine Ecosystems Models & Predictions

Other participants

Caroline Louise McNeill, Dr Ana Queirós, Dr Karen Tait, Professor Steve Widdicombe

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