Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal: Essential Science and Problem Solving for Measurement, Reporting, and Verification Workshop

Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal: Essential Science and Problem Solving for Measurement, Reporting, and Verification Workshop

September 27-30, 2022 (The University of Rhode Island)

The central goal of this workshop is to build the OCB community's capacity to conduct research on Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of marine CDR by identifying priorities, pathways and best practices in this relatively new area.

The OCB community has the broad and deep scientific expertise needed to create sensible, transparent, and reproducible practices around Measuring, Reporting and Verifying (MRV) carbon removal by the ocean. This in-person workshop (with remote access to plenary talks) is designed for those with background knowledge in marine CDR already so we can collectively grapple with the science needed to measure and verify CDR in marine environments.

At this workshop, the 5 main sessions will focus on:

1) What is good MRV? Lessons from soil carbon, wind and other sectors - Review and discuss the MRV organizational and regulatory structures that could be applied to the field of marine CDR, and the data and research requirements that result;

2) Models, Methods, and Measurements (2 parts) - Apply core OCB expertise to assess the numerical and observational tools that are best applied to the MRV problem, addressing quantification, additionality, durability, and scalability of marine CDR approaches.

3) Existing Recommendations for MRV - Agency and foundation representatives will share recommendations about current and future directions for MRV research and support, with discussion.

4) MRV in an Ecosystem Context -  Consider how the ecosystem responses to CDR efforts influence MRV, and how these responses can themselves be measured.

5) MRV and Justice - Investigate the socio-political barriers and risk management for marine CDR.

Each session will contain a keynote, expert panel, breakout and time for side conversations and networking.

This workshop was organized by the Ocean Carbon Biogeochemistry Program in collaboration with the US Global Change Research Program (US GCRP), the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group, and the North American Carbon Program (NACP), who are hosting a complementary workshop on Carbon Dioxide Removal this Fall. We encourage participants to consider registering for this virtual NACP workshop as well. An online library of relevant materials will be circulated, incorporating suggested readings and other materials from participants, to help establish a baseline shared knowledge of CDR concepts.