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Solid Carbon—A Climate Mitigation Partnership Advancing Stable Negative Emissions

Solid Carbon is a negative emissions technology (NET) that will remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and provide permanent sequestration in the world’s largest reservoirs for CO2 sequestration — ocean basalt.
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Three EI Projects Make Top 100 Proposals for MacArthur $100 Million Grant

Three Earth Institute projects are currently in contention for a $100 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition. The foundation announced today that these three projects are among the top 100, selected from 755 initial proposals.
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Ocean Networks sails into top 100 of $100-million competition

A research project led by University of Victoria-based Ocean Networks Canada has been judged one of the top 100 proposals vying for a $100-million grant.
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The Promise and Potential of Turning CO2 to Stone

On a planet where global concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide are higher than at any other time in human history, the need for game-changing solutions is escalating.
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Kate Moran

Kate Moran

ONC (Project Lead and Lead Activity 2)

President and CEO, Ocean Networks Canada

Prof. Kate Moran is the President & CEO, Ocean Networks Canada. Her previous appointment was Professor at the University of Rhode Island with a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Oceanography and the Department of Ocean Engineering. She also served as the Graduate School of Oceanography’s Associate Dean, Research and Administration. From 2009 to 2011, Moran was seconded to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where she served as an Assistant Director and focused on Arctic, polar, ocean, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and climate policy issues. Professor Moran is active in public outreach on topics related to the Arctic, ocean drilling, and climate change. She has also testified on climate change to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.


Dave Goldberg

Columbia (Co-Lead Activity 2)

BS & MS (MIT), PHD & MBA (Columbia University)

David Goldberg is a Lamont Research Professor at Columbia University and his interests focus on the integration of different technologies and cross-disciplinary approaches to develop achievable climate solutions. Goldberg conducted postdoctoral studies at the Institut Français du Petrole in Paris and was a laureate of the “Make Our Planet Great Again” program, an initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron to promote international cooperation in climate research. He has over 20 years of experience in geological carbon sequestration, scientific drilling, site assessments, and marine seismology and led the US DOE Cascadia CarbonSAFE project in 2017 to study CO2 storage in offshore basalt. He also currently serves as an Associate Director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Curran Crawford

Dr. Curran Crawford

UVic (Lead Activity 1)

BEng (UVic), MS (MIT), PHD (Cambridge)

Dr. Crawford is a professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria, director of the Sustainable Systems Design Laboratory (SSDL) and part of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic). His lab focuses on renewable and beyond net-zero energy systems, in particular optimization of floating offshore and airborne wind energy systems, as well as other offshore renewables including tidal and wave energy. His research work also includes uncertainty quantification (UQ) and machine learning (ML) for energy systems optimization more broadly, with applications to grid and off-grid renewables integration, carbon capture utilization and storage (CCS/CCUS), energy storage modalities, e-fuels, and electrified transportation.

Terre Satterfield

Terre Satterfield

UBC (Lead Activity 3)

Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, UBC

Dr. Satterfield is an anthropologist by training and interdisciplinary environmental social scientist by design. She is the former chair and current professor of culture, risk and the environment with the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. She and her colleagues and graduate students study how people perceive the social and environmental risks and benefits of new technologies; and how to be better assess the meaning and value people derive from different environmental contexts, biodiverse systems and/or [indigenous] territorial lands. Current projects include (1) public perceptions of large-scale climate interventions and the technologies that support these; (2) the cultural implications of ocean and global environmental change for food security and sovereignty among coastal populations and (3) the characterization of lay and expert differences as to climate and related threats.

Devin Todd

Dr. Devin Todd

PICS, Researcher-in-Residence


Dr. Todd is a Researcher-in-Residence on Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs) at the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). NETs (e.g. Solid Carbon) are strategies which extract CO2 from the biosphere and lock it away in recalcitrant form. They are a necessary complement to emissions reductions and decarbonization strategies if we are to achieve net negative GHG emissions. Devin previously worked with start-ups and entrepreneurs to advance their cleantech initiatives. He brings practical know-how and scientific depth to R&D – with an aim on early stage feasibility, derisking, and techno-economics of novel technologies.