TimDixon2Reducing the cost of monitoring the underground storage of the carbon dioxide (CO₂) and examining developments that improve the accuracy of predicting CO₂ behaviour will be two key topics for discussion at an international gathering of geoscientists in Edinburgh this week.

The three-day event, organised by IEAGHG – a research programme set up by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to study technologies for tackling greenhouse gas emissions – will bring together experts in CO₂ storage modelling and monitoring from five continents.  

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According to the IEA, in order to limit global warming to no more than 2°C, no more than one third of known fossil fuel reserves can be used by 2050 unless carbon capture and storage (CCS) is deployed widely. Modelling and monitoring technologies will help to ensure the safe and long-term storage of the greenhouse gas in geological sites deep below ground.

The meeting is being co-hosted by the British Geological Survey and SCCS and is sponsored by the UK CCS Research Centre, the US Department of Energy and The Marine Studies Group of the Geological Society of London.

As well as featuring talks on current developments in modelling and monitoring techniques, the event will include progress reports from world-leading CO₂ storage and monitoring projects, such as Canada’s Aquistore and Quest storage sites, among others.

Sarah Hannis, of British Geological Survey and one of the organising committee, said:

BGS and SCCS are delighted to be co-hosting this meeting for IEAGHG. I’m looking forward to hearing the latest results from the different storage projects – we can learn so much from the growing evidence from these real CCS sites. This is a great opportunity for UK researchers to network with CCS experts from around the world and collaborate in helping to demonstrate that CO₂ can be stored safely.

Tim Dixon of IEAGHG, said:

It is a privilege to bring international CCS experts to the UK and Edinburgh to share and discuss the latest work and results in monitoring and modelling, and to identify future activities. We are very pleased to be here.

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Delegates at the IEAGHG's Modelling & Monitoring Networks meeting at ECCI on 6 July. (Above: Tim Dixon of IEAGHG welcomes participants to the event). Group photo: Brian McIntyre/BGS

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