Surface Monitoring in The Marine System – April 2015 Cranfield Biannual

This blog was written by Ponfa Roy Bitrus, a UKCCSRC ECR from the University of Aberdeen, who received funding from the ECR Meeting Fund to attend the UKCCSRC Spring 2015 Biannual in Cranfield, 21-22 April

On Day two one of three parallel sessions had the theme Surface Monitoring in The Marine System and was chaired by Clair Gough (University of Manchester). The first presentation was given by Jerry Blackford (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) on; Monitoring and baseline requirements for Offshore CCS outcomes from the QICS project with key objectives being to determine the best monitoring techniques and strategy to determine CO2 leakages from subsea storage or transport, and its significant impact on ecology and the environment. Graham Brown (Sonardyne) gave an overview of the company’s project development on marine monitoring, measurement and verification system using cutting edge surface and underwater autonomous vehicles for offshore CCS in the UK. Paul White (Southampton University) talked briefly on the use of passive acoustics for monitoring CCS facilities with results presented from tank and field tests thus proving conclusively that passive acoustics offers a suitable detection technique for long term monitoring.

Overall the biannual meeting was a huge success and the turnout was great and the knowledge transfer via presentations and networking was unparalled thanks to the financial support of the UKCCSRC and I look forward to another UKCCSRC biannual meeting.