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PhD position: Carbon dioxide sequestration through ocean fertilization and potential for harvest of calcium carbonate from marine organisms

Position
PhD position: Carbon dioxide sequestration through ocean fertilization and potential for harvest of calcium carbonate from marine organisms


Location
London, United Kingdom

Sector
Academic

Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Ocean Sciences (OS)

Type
Full time

Level
Student / Graduate / Internship

Salary
Please follow the link in the job description for details to more information

Preferred education
Undergraduate degree

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

Posted
11 July 2018

Job description

Carbon dioxide sequestration through ocean fertilization and potential for harvest of calcium carbonate from marine organisms

Rapid buildup of atmospheric carbon dioxide, introduced through the burning of fossil fuels as well as industrial activities such as structural constructions, is the primary driver of a warming trend which poses a variety of risks to human populations and cities they inhabit. The elevated
atmospheric CO2 levels imply larger fluxes of carbon into the global oceans which result in their acidification and has significant adverse impacts on marine ecosystems. Apart from natural processes that remove the atmospheric CO2, three main potential solutions have been proposed for
tackling the risks associated with climate change: (I) Mitigation: reducing and eventually eliminating anthropogenic CO2; (II) adaptation: reducing the vulnerability of human populations and terrestrial and marine ecosystems to climate change; (III) removing CO2 from the atmosphere and reliably
sequestering it. The third category, which lies within the broader geo-engineering umbrella, is highly under-developed. This project aims at investigating the practicality of one specific form of carbon removal, namely ocean fertilization. Please follow the link below for more information:
https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/research-centres-and-groups/sustainable-civil-engineering/SCE037AM.pdf