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Our R&D
laboratory partner

To ensure responsible, serious, credible and transparent research, Carbon Time and the University of Antwerp have joined forces to accelerate knowledge on the subject.

The scientific team led by Professor Filip Meysman has been working on this subject for ten years. The team of 20 scientists has an experimental laboratory comprising 20 basins reflecting the oceanic conditions of the North Sea. The aim is to assess the capacity of different alkaline agents (i.e. silicate rock, limestone) to sequester carbon and identify their impact on the marine ecosystem. Regular sampling enables us to create dynamic models and monitor environmental parameters.

Our Areas of Research

This facility is unique as it is hosting the longest running olivine weathering experiment in a natural coastal sediment environment worldwide.

Simulating natural conditions

1. Simulating natural conditions

A unique dedicated mesocosm infrastructure was constructed. Each tank contains a 40 cm layer of North Sea sediments and 600 L of seawater. In addition, lugworms (Arenicola marina), an important and widespread bioturbator, were added to the majority of the tanks.

Sample analysis

2. Sample analysis

Weekly sampling of the overlying water and pore water allows accurate monitoring of multiple variables, including alkalinity, dissolved inorganic carbon and trace metal accumulation, over time. Sediment sampling enables detailed studies of the olivine weathering at the grain scale.

Multiple research trajectories

3. Multiple research trajectories

The seabed is characterized by various forms of biological activity, which could potentially induce higher dissolution rates than under sterile laboratory conditions.

Environmental Impact

4. Environmental Impact

It is also essential to determine whether the introduction of these natural alkaline agents has negative effects on local ecosystems. We are therefore also studying the evolution of the macrofauna, the composition of the microbial community and a range of environmental parameters.

Our Science Publications

Carbon Time, in its commitment to advancing scientific knowledge, moving the boundaries and improving collaboration between science and civil society, supports the Open Science movement.

As Ocean Alkalinization Enhancement is a sensitive topic, it is important not only to accelerate the dissemination of crucial research results, but also to promote public engagement and education in science, thus contributing significantly to a better-informed and more participatory scientific community.

Through these partnerships and scientific publications, Carbon Time illustrates its commitment to a rigorous, transparent and more collaborative scientific process, where knowledge is shared for the betterment of society and the environment.

List of our science team publications 🡥

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