IEAGHG Risk Management and Environmental Research Combined Meeting

(Organised by NOC, Southampton, and IEAGHG with sponsorship from the UKCCSRC).

This combined Risk Management and Environmental Research Networks meeting builds from previous workshops held in Trondheim, Norway, in June 2013 and in Canberra, Australia in August of the same year.  The theme for this meeting will be the challenges presented by CO2 storage in a marine environment, although terrestrial research will also be covered.  Risk assessment is an essential aspect of CO2 capture and storage (CCS) to gain public acceptance and to ensure that the public and regulators have confidence in the predictions made by risk assessments.  It is also important to review potential Environmental Impacts of CO2 Storage particularly in prospective offshore areas such as the North Sea, the continental shelf of Australia and Japan.  This meeting will discuss recent environmental research conducted in Europe, the USA, Japan and Australia, and the implications for the safe and secure storage of CO2, as well as different approaches to risk assessment and risk management.


The agenda for the meeting includes:

  1. Risk Management updates on carbon storage projects in the UK, Japan, Australia and the USA
  2. Qualitative and semi quantitative risk assessment methodologies
  3. Mitigation strategies
  4. Risk Communication
  5. The impact of CO2 in the ocean: what is the magnitude of the impact and how would marine ecosystems respond
  6. Understanding natural variability and CO2 impacts: how can natural variability be distinguished from induced anomalies in marine environments?
  7. The impact of CO2 in the terrestrial environment: magnitude of impacts and baseline
  8. Ground water impacts – how significant are the risks from brine and CO2 and can leakage be detected?
  9. Environmental impacts related to the transport of CO2
  10. Environment Impact Assessments from leading CO2 storage projects
  11. Fluid production and release into the marine environment: management, issues and impacts
  12. Overburden Features: what do these represent and how do they affect risk
  13. International Risk Management activities & initiatives – offshore environmental research
  14. Conclusions, gaps and recommendations

Field Trip

Friday 2nd October – The meeting will be followed by a guided field trip to Dorset’s Jurassic Coast to view formations that are comparable to North Sea reservoirs with CO2 storage potential.

See the IEAGHG website for more details and registration:

*NB You must be a member of the IAEGHG Risk Management Network to access the meeting webpage – if you are not already a member, please follow instructions on the IEAGHG website to register (and note it can take a couple of days for membership to be approved).

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