This project is funded / co-funded from Norway Grants in the Polish-Norwegian Research Programme operated by the National Centre for Research and Development / Projekt jest finansowany/współfinansowany z funduszy norweskich w ramach Polsko-Norweskiej Współpracy Badawczej


CO2MARINE is a research project funded within the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014. The project sets out to assess the impact of increased CO2 level due to potential leakage from the sub-seabed reservoir on geochemical processes and benthic biota at the hydrostatic pressure relevant to the potential CO2 storage site in the Baltic Sea. Thus the project addresses environmental risk assessment related to potential CO2 leakage from sub-seabed storage site as described in the thematic area “Environmental impact” of the CCS 2013 call. In a series of laboratory experiments, surface sediments and benthic species from the potential storage site in the Polish economic zone of the southern Baltic Sea will be exposed to different CO2 levels at high water pressure thus imitating closely natural environmental conditions in the Baltic. Novel and unique experimental facility (the hyperbaric TiTank) will be employed to study CO2-induced modifications to chemical gradients and mobilization processes and their combined effects on marine organisms. Biological impacts will be measured using a multi-biomarker approach at different levels of biological organization, including communities and individuals, behavioural, histological, physiological and cellular responses. The CO2 MARINE will generate new data from experiments and direct observations covering a range of potential CO2 exposure levels, operating over short periods of time, to define early-warning biomarkers of environmental stress. The ultimate aim of the proposal is to identify appropriate biological methods to monitor the marine environment above a storage site, thereby providing support to environmental management of CCS under the seabed.

Project full title: Effects of potential leakage from the sub-seabed CO2 storage site on marine environment at relevant hydrostatic pressure

Project acronym: CO2MARINE

Call: Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Call 2013

Scientific field: Environmental impact

Programme operator: The National Center for Research and Development

Contract number: Pol-Nor/201992/93/2014

Project duration: 34 months (July 2014 – April 2017)

Project budget: 4 377 525 PLN

Project Promoter: University of Gdańsk (UG)

Principal Investigator: Dr Adam SokołowskiCurve with Norwey logo