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Specially-designed soils could help combat climate change
Date:3/31/2008

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The multi-disciplinary research team, including civil engineers, geologists, biologists and soil scientists, is led by David Manning, Professor of Soil Science at Newcastle University. Scientists have known about the possibility of using soil as a carbon sink* for some time, says Professor Manning. But no-one else has tried to design soils expressly for the purpose of removing and permanently locking up carbon. Once weve confirmed the feasibility of this method of carbon sequestration, we can develop a computer model that predicts how much calcium carbonate will form in specific types of soil, and how quickly. That will help us engineer soils with optimum qualities from a carbon abatement perspective. A key benefit is that combating climate change in this way promises to be cheap compared with other processes.

Significant scope could exist to incorporate calcium-rich, carbon-locking soils in land restoration, land remediation and other development projects. Growing bioenergy crops on these soils could be one attractive option.

The process were exploring might be able to contribute around 5-10% of the UKs carbon reduction targets in the future, says Professor Manning. We could potentially see applications in 2-3 years, including a number of quick wins in the land restoration sector.


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Contact: Natasha Richardson
natasha.richardson@epsrc.ac.uk
44-017-934-44404
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
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