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Carbon Storage in German Coastal Seas - Stability, Vulnerability and Perspectives for Manageability

CARBOSTORE is a joint project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the research program "MARE: N - Coastal, Marine and Polar Research for Sustainability” under the umbrella of the Research Framework Program“ Research for Sustainable Development” (FONA).

The main objectives of CARBOSTORE are to investigate and assess the stability and vulnerability of different carbon reservoirs in the North Sea and Baltic Sea, relevant pathways of carbon storage, and to predict their future evolution under different scenarios of climate change and anthropogenic alterations. Based on these vulnerability studies, and taking into account relevant legal as well as socio-economic frameworks, perspectives will be developed aiming at the targeted enhancement of carbon storage in the North and Baltic Seas, i.e., net negative CO2 emissions. In addition, decision-makers (e.g., government agencies) concerned with climate change mitigation will be supported with tools to implement and translate scientific results into management options.

CARBOSTORE is specifically dedicated to the "analysis of interactions of physically driven and biogeochemical cycles (in particular CO2-uptake/biological pumping) under the combined influence of global change and other directly anthropogenic drivers." This question is investigated for the two marginal seas North Sea and Baltic Sea, whose coastline partly passes through German territory.


Campaign with the MS Burchana

From 07th to 10th and on March 14, 2022, the Coastal Research Center (FSK) of the NLKWN carried out a new measurement campaign with the MS Burchana for Carbostore. Additional points were added to the tour, so that the campaign days were two days longer than the previous ones in 2021. The new points include part of the Ems to Weener, the East Frisian Gatje, the Dukegat, the Randzelgat and the Westerems, as well as point’s seaward from Borkum. Continue


Sampling of mudflat sediments

Further sampling for CARBOSTORE took place in mudflat sediments in the Jade Bay near Dangast with researchers from Hereon, IOW and ICBM. Here, the analysis of sediments and pore waters will extend the understanding of benthic C-transformation processes and fluxes across the sediment-water interface. Continue

Work packages

Work packages

There are five superordinate work packages (WP), which in turn have been subdivided into various sub-work packages. There are numerous interfaces between the work packages, so that the key questions and goals of the project can be worked on in an interdisciplinary manner. Continue


CARBOSTORE is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Moreover, the project gets endorsed by the Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS).

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