Researchers engaged in the study of structural geology and tectonics, which relates to the properties of the Earth's crust, will be given the opportunity to debate geological aspects of the climate change technology, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), at a special event being held in Edinburgh this week. And the organisers are also inviting a wider audience.
Prof Iain Stewart, who is perhaps best known for presenting high-profile TV science programmes, will chair the session and a number of CCS experts – including Prof Stuart Haszeldine, of the University of Edinburgh, Dr Bill Spence from Shell and the University of Strathclyde's Dr Jennifer Roberts – will set the scene before the debate begins.
The chain of technologies referred to as CCS captures carbon dioxide emissions from anthropogenic sources, such as power plants and industrial facilities, and stores them permanently in geological storage sites deep below ground. The world's first large-scale CCS project at a coal-fired power plant began operating in Canada last October, and design is under way on two commercial-scale projects in the UK.
The annual meeting of the Tectonic Studies Group, the UK's top event for research into structural geology and tectonics, is being held this year at the University of Edinburgh. The three-day event showcases a wide range of research alongside opportunities for discussion, including a "Question Time" debate on CCS technology during Day Two. The meeting has been jointly organised by the University of Edinburgh, British Geological Survey, the National Museum of Scotland and Heriot-Watt University.
The Question Time on CCS takes place at the university's King's Buildings campus on Wednesday 7 January from 11.20am, and members of the public are invited to take part. No registration is required. More event details: www.sccs.org.uk/events/question-time-on-ccs-tectonic-studies-group-2015
More details on TSG annual meeting: www.geolsoc.org.uk/TSG-15-Annual-Meeting