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.
Research cruise through North and Baltic Seas
From 07 November to 02 December 2022, the research cruise with the research vessel Heincke through the North Sea and Baltic Sea took place. The aim of the cruise is to investigate pelagic and benthic processes that control the coastal carbon sink. Continue
Changes in work package 4
There are some changes within the consortium and the project description of CARBOSTORE that mean that instead of the planned augmented reality application, the research results in Climate Focus Paper will be presented in a concise and understandable form for stakeholders and the interested public. Continue
Sampling in Dangast and Janssand
Sampling in Dangast and Janssand follows the previous sampling in January, April and July 2022, so that the processes can be followed throughout the year. Samples were taken from mudflats and sandflats. Continue
Campaign with the MS Burchana
In May as well as in July 2022, the Coastal Research Unit (FSK) of the NLKWN carried out another measurement campaign with the MS Burchana for Carbostore. These are the same sampling points that were planned in March. 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
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