The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration Releases Carbon Removal Strategy 

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, released on June 5 a report that outlines its Carbon Dioxide Removal Strategy.  The strategy looks at 11 CO2 removal techniques, outlines their relative strengths and weaknesses, and describes the government agency’s potential research contributions. Led by NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, the strategy involves the contributions of over 60 technical experts, 33 primary authors, and 10 members of the executive advisory board.

“After two years of working with our partners in other agencies, private industry, NGOs, and the public, it’s exciting to showcase new ways NOAA’s mission can support the new blue economy,” said Jessica Cross, who is the lead author of the strategy and Carbon Dioxide Removal Co-Lead at NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program. 

NOAA will utilize its long-term observations, models, ecosystem assessments, and spatial planning tools to lead the analysis of the impact, effectiveness, and feasibility of the diverse carbon removal techniques. This analysis can then be used by different stakeholders in the CO2 removal industry, including governments, companies, and non-profits. 

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The Ocean Acidification Program, on behalf of the National Oceanographic and Partnership Program, announced a $24 million funding opportunity for marine CO2 removal proposals. The awards will be announced in late summer this year. 

The Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, together with academic institutions, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and startups are modeling and measuring the effectiveness of electrodialysis-based ocean alkalinity enhancement for the mitigation of ocean acidification and atmospheric CO2 removal. This effort is supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Acidification Program, the ClimateWorks Foundation and the Water Power and Technology Office at the U.S. Department of Energy.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will present the new strategy in detail during a free virtual panel at Capitol Hill Ocean Week on June 7 from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. ET.

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