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The ocean is a natural sink that takes up about a quarter of fossil fuel emissions each year. With Coastal Carbon we investigate if we can increase the CO₂ uptake by stimulating silicate weathering, a natural process that counteracts ocean acidification and can enhance ocean CO₂ uptake. Our research focusses on the potential of this processes as a CO₂ removal technique, the interactions with the marine biota and the possible effects on the ecosystem.

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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