Ocean Visions will conduct a multi-faceted process to convene and engage diverse disciplines and sectors in collaborative development of detailed, living road maps to advance promising ocean-based CDR approaches.
These road maps will identify critical paths forward to accelerate development, testing, and deployment of ocean-based CDR. Road maps will identify key uncertainties, obstacles, opportunities and priorities and examine these from a range of perspectives and disciplines, including natural sciences, engineering, policy, governance, economics, social equity and others. The road maps will be grounded in an evidence-based, precautionary approach towards implementation.
These roadmaps will likely be presented in a variety of formats to increase utility and uptake. The road maps are intended to catalyze increased action and lead to increased deployment of needed intellectual, physical, institutional and financial resources throughout the global community. Determining the most effective ways to operationalize the road maps will be part of this first year’s work.
Given the current state of research and development, efforts will focus on three ocean-based CDR approaches that have emerged as ‘frontrunners’ based on apparent technological feasibility and potential for scalability. These approaches include: (1) ocean alkalinity enhancement, (2) macroalgal cultivation, and (3) electrochemical removal of carbon dioxide from seawater. As work progresses, we may include other approaches as well.
The roadmaps are intended to be living documents that are continually updated and refined as advances in science, technology, governance, and policy emerge. The exact form(s) of these roadmaps will be determined in the initial phase of the project in consultation with experts and potential end-users.
The road mapping process itself will be designed to engage experts and practitioners worldwide and to allow for iteration and improvement and tailoring to specific geographies, sectors, and scales. The process will also be built to allow for broad participation, self-selection into subgroups, and to facilitate a global crowd-sourcing approach to iterating and building out the roadmaps. A key deliverable will be initial design of an ongoing structure that supports and accelerates collaboration and action around ocean-based CDR.