To accomplish the scientific objective of the GEA@275 project, we have structured a four – phase research project.
We are currently looking to gather a highly skilled, experienced and motivated partnership consortium which is necessary for successful accomplishment of all the goals of the GEA@275 project.
Phase 1-1: We must develop a new laboratory protocol and a new line of underwater surveying equipment to accurately measure and model carbon fluxes (the ocean living cycle) in the oceans.
We will structure a new type of remotely operated CTD vertical profiler and two new types of water samplers which will provide undisturbed water samples. This project will open new frontiers in the design of underwater survey systems by increasing performances and efficiency of equipment and define new paths for easier interpretation of raw data.
Phase 1-2: Produce Marine snow with water samples from the Southern oceans.
Small-scale lab testing using Mediterranean phytoplankton species and communities living in a temperature range from 18 to 20°C has validated and confirmed GEA@275TM . Prof. Stasa Puskaric knows how to make Marine snow in the lab.
Before our proposed solution can be utilized, we must first test the technology in controlled laboratory conditions with phytoplankton species and communities from the Southern oceans at in situ conditions in terms of temperature, irradiance, salinity and nutrient conditions. This involves traveling to the Southern oceans, gathering samples, conducting tests, and transporting water samples to a land-based lab to perform additional simulations and analyses.
We need approximately one year to complete phase 1 (1/1 and 1/2). The development of the new research protocol and equipment will culminate in several patents. The results from the ocean research and laboratory testing will culminate in publication of peer-reviewed scientific papers that serve as validation of the GEA@275TM technology. These papers, in turn, will serve as the catalyst for the IPCC’s and third-party approval of this approach.
Phase 2: Small scale test in the Southern ocean where we will validate the newly developed equipment and the growth of Marine snow in the Southern ocean.
Phase 3: Pilot project with implementation and testing of the GEA@275TM carbon technology on a large-scale. This action will include initiation of growth of Marine snow over 200,000 km2 of ocean and validating its effectiveness. This test will be large enough to show a drop in atmospheric CO2 concentration at the Mauna Loa observatory.
Phase 4: If all the previous phases prove successful, the technology must be approved, and can be implemented as a carbon capture and storage (CCS) method, and the business entity can sell verified carbon credits on the carbon market.