Science and impact

Current projects

Alkalinity production and consumption in coastal ecosystems and the corresponding impact on atmospheric CO2
Period: 01/10/202331/09/2026
Postdoctoral fellowship awarded to Astrid Hylén, funded by the Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen (FWO)

Carbon dioxide removal via coastal enhanced silicate weathering (CESW) with olivine materials
Period: 15/11/2022 – 31/12/2025
Awarded to Filip Meysman, funded by Time for the Planet, Carbon Time, Carbon Odyssea
In collaboration with Ghent University (Progress) and VLIZ 

DEHEAT – Natural analogues and system-scale modeling of marine enhanced silicate weathering
Period: 15/12/2021 – 15/03/2026
Awarded to Sebastiaan van de Velde and Filip Meysman, funded by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO)
In collaboration with Université Libre de Bruxelles and Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences  

Detailed Geochemical and Ecological Characterization of Papakōlea Beach (Hawaii) as a Globally Unique Analog for Coastal Enhanced Weathering Technologies
Period: 01/07/2020 – 30/09/2023
Awarded to Filip Meysman, funded by Vesta
in collaboration with Vesta 


Finalized projects

Title: Negative emissions through enhanced mineral weathering in the coastal zone Period: 01/01/2019 – 31/12/2022 

Funding source : FWO-SBO project   

Collaboration: University of Antwerpen (Geobiology and ECOSPHERE), Ghent University (Progress), VLIZ  

Coastal Carbon groups all coastal ocean alkalinization projects of the Geobiology research group at the University of Antwerp. We investigate natural processes that drive ocean alkalinity content and explore how ocean alkalinity can be increased to stimulate the ocean’s CO₂ storage capacity. 

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