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Sapienza - Università di Roma - CeRi

Since 1989 the group at Sapienza Università di Roma has been involved in a total of 16 European-Community-funded research projects, including 3 as Project Leader. While the earlier projects were concentrated on the geological storage of nuclear waste, over the last 8 years our work has focussed on CCS research projects (Nascent, Weyburn, CO2GeoNet, CO2ReMoVe, and MoveCBM).
Within these projects we have established ourselves as a world leader in the use of natural, leaking- CO2 test sites to better understand gas migration pathways and reaction mechanisms, to test various monitoring technologies, and to study the impacts of CO2 on groundwater resources and ecosystems. Relevant to the present proposal, we have collaborated in one of the first ecosystem impact studies focussed on CCS using the Latera test site (CO2GeoNet), performed extensive groundwater sampling of the San Vittorino valley to understand the impact of leaking CO2 on potable groundwater (Nascent), studied the effect of natural CO2 leaks on the marine environment at the Panarea test site (CO2GeoNet), developed and deployed a continuous monitoring station at Panarea (CO2ReMoVe) and the industrial site of Kaniow (MovECBM) to study spatial-temporal CO2 variations, developed strategies and performed near-surface gas monitoring surveys at an active CO2-EOR site (Weyburn), performed GIS and risk analysis of natural CO2 leaks in the city of Ciampino (Nascent), and conducted extensive dissemination, communication, and public perception research in the city of Ciampino (CO2GeoNet) and elsewhere.
Sapienza will be involved in work packages 1, 2, 3 and 5. In WP1 we will participate in workshops and contribute our knowledge base and experience on natural analogues to the development of impact scenarios, in WP2 we will be involved in geochemical monitoring of the impacts of CO2 on marine environments via geochemical sampling and the deployment of more continuous monitoring sensors and an ROV, and in WP3 we will conduct detailed surveys to better understand the impact of CO2 leaks on potable groundwater supplies via chemical reaction modelling, and provide geochemical support for vegetation impact studies. Finally in WP5 we will play an important role in the areas of research integration and communication / dissemination.