Environmental Impacts of Carbon Capture and Storage
Capturing and storing the carbon dioxide from stationary sources such as power stations will be one of the major methods for mitigating climate change over the next 20-30 years. If the CO2 leaks from the underground storage site, there will be a risk to surface ecosystems. The University has a specialist field facility designed to simulate such a leak so that ecosystem responses can be assessed under controlled conditions. The facility is called ASGARD - Artificial Soil Gassing and Response Detection. Carbon dioxide can be injected into the soil and measurements made of parameters such as gas concentrations and fluxes, isotopic signatures, soil moisture, root growth, and photosynthesis.