How do we measure or predict ocean carbon sequestration rates? What uncertainties remain? What are the potential future outcomes for carbon sequestration in ocean sediments or in ocean life?
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Background: Marine Biomass Regeneration (MBR) is a project to regenerate biomass in the oceans and not only thereby support marine ecosystems but also enhance the drawdown CO2 from the atmosphere. The objective of the project is to emulate the role of whales which feed in the benthic waters and return to the surface to defecate. Certain species of whales have population sizes of around 1% of historical values. The natural biological pumping and recycling of nutrients to the surface ocean is therefore greatly diminished. The project seeks to provide artificial whale faeces to increase phytoplankton growth and support of the marine ecosystems, so that over time whale populations can be regenerated; the artificial whales faeces is a catalyst to increase the rate of biomass regeneration.
Deep Ocean Kelp is a project to grow kelp or other macroalgae from floating platforms, buoys or rafts in the deep ocean. The kelp is grown in the photic zone in the upper (mixed) layer. Once fully grown the kelp either sluffs off naturally from the raft or else the buoy to which it is attached degrades naturally so that it can sink to the seafloor as a carbon sequestration mechanism.
These projects are linked by a need to understand and predict the ocean carbon and nutrient cycle and carbon sequestration rates.
Date: Wednesday, 1 February, 2023 - 09:30 | Event location: Hybrid