This project is investigating a new paradigm in carbon storage that purposefully utilizes economically inaccessible aquifer regions for carbon storage where injection is designed to displace sweet water to shallower depth where it can be accessed for agricultural and human consumption benefit. Additionally the larger pressure footprint can boost otherwise declining water levels of otherwise unsustainably over-allocated groundwater resources. Further, the beneficial impacts could extend to reversing compaction and subsidence resulting from excessive groundwater abstraction. This innovative approach to carbon storage may also solve the commonly site limitation of pressure increase to commercial volumes of carbon storage. This paradigm shift may rejuvenate the prospect of carbon storage at climate abatement scale that can gain public support.

Project members

Xiaoling Li

Xiaoling Li

PhD candidate