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Carbon Storage in German Coastal Seas - Stability, Vulnerability and Perspectives for Manageability

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.


CARBOSTORE gets extended

The application to extend CARBOSTORE has been officially approved by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the project will now be extended by a few months instead of ending at the end of March 2024. Continue


Projects related to marine carbon storage

A selection of projects has been compiled that conduct research on various aspects of marine carbon storage: on factors influencing carbon storage and possible changes, as well as on natural and technical options for increasing carbon storage potential. The geographical focus is mainly on the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Continue


Obituary for Jörg Wolff within the CARBOSTORE project

Our colleague in the CARBOSTORE project, Prof. Dr. Jörg-Olaf Wolff, passed away unexpectedly on August 20 at the age of 64. He coordinated the modeling activities in the German Bight and the Wadden Sea at the University of Oldenburg in the area of "Predictions and Sensitivity Studies". We lose a professionally and humanly very appreciated member of our research community. Continue


Annual project meeting

On June 19th and 20th 2023, the CARBOSTORE consortium came together for an annual project meeting. The meeting had the aim that the consortium reports about the work that has been done so far. Continue


Stakeholder-Workshop in work package 4

On March 22, a one-day workshop with representatives of different authorities and ministries took place at the University of Hamburg as part of the work in work package 4. The aim of the workshop was, among other things, the exchange on the topic of natural marine carbon storage. Continue

Work packages

Work packages

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


CARBOSTORE is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Moreover, the project gets endorsed by the Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS).

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