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Meysman, Filip J. R.; Montserrat, Francesc (2017): Negative CO2 emissions via enhanced silicate weathering in coastal environments

Meysman, Filip J. R.; Montserrat, Francesc (2017): Negative CO2 emissions via enhanced silicate weathering in coastal environments. In Biology letters 13 (4). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0905

"Enhanced silicate weathering (ESW) proposes to exploit the natural process of mineral weathering for the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere. Here, we discuss the potential of applying ESW in coastal environments as a climate change mitigation option. By deliberately introducing fast-weathering silicate minerals onto coastal sediments, alkalinity is released into the overlying waters, thus creating a coastal CO2 sink. Compared with other NETs, coastal ESW has the advantage that it counteracts ocean acidification, does not interfere with terrestrial land use and can be directly integrated into existing coastal management programmes with existing (dredging) technology."

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