Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) can deliver needed substantial emission reductions as we transition to alternative fuels. However, it is important to verify that CO2 being injected into the subsurface is well contained within the geologic container. This student will construct soil gas wells, as well as conduct surface monitoring research to define normal fluctuations of soil gases in soil, and compare to situations of expected leakage.
Reliable measurements of carbon cycling are challenging. Eddy covariance is the technique used by a global network of researchers that measures the net fluxes of gas to and from an ecosystem. However, there are issues with gaps in data under certain environmental conditions. Eosenses eosFD forced diffusion chamber technology allows for long-term, remote and off-grid deployments to measure soil respiration with low power consumption.
The proposed study will involve development and use of a survey tool to solicit responses from grade 6-9 youth across the province, and in-depth analysis of these data. The intern will help pilot the survey tool and make any necessary revisions to the tool prior to implementation. Upon launch of the tool, the intern will manage any user queries during the survey period. The student will conduct the initial quantitative analysis, and the detailed qualitative analysis, and will compose the final report with StFX academic supervisors and the principal investigator.