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Academic Research

Research Program will further the understanding of the ecological role of kelp forests in marine ecosystems and their impact on biodiversity

Students from Namibian and international universities are co-funded to complete relevant MSc and PhDs

International Research Institutions co-supervise the students to increase knowledge transfer

Carbon Sequestration

Carbon Sequestration

Biodiversity

Biodiversity

Avoided Emissions of kelp-based products

Avoided Emissions of kelp-based products

Carbon Sequestration

Carbon Sequestration

Biodiversity

Biodiversity

Avoided Emissions of kelp-based products

Avoided Emissions of kelp-based products

RESEARCH PAPERS

Carbon Sequestration

DISPERSAL MODELLING of DOC and POC from Luderitz, global model.
Characterize the carbon, nutrient and metal budget of the kelp forest (pH, DIC, N, P, 13C and various trace metals which would feed into the above modelling work).
BASELINE carbon balance/ocean buffering, pH, oxygen levels, metals etc.
Validation by sediment sampling in Namibia (and later in other locations).
Deep ocean sediment, e-DNA fingerprinting of macroalgae, seaweed makers, organic isotope.
Chemical composition of Macrocystis including DOC sloshing.
Local Kelp Forest Geochemical Impact - changes in local Ph, carbon buffering impact in existing local wild kelp beds e.g. in Halifax Island, beds, geochemical, plant biomass estimates, sediments.
Local geochemical impact from Kelp Blue pilot arrays – nitrogen, phosphorus, metals, pH.
Local impact from Kelp Blue pilot arrays – under array deposition/sediment.
Modelling of pilot array impacts at scale, geochemical (global impact).
Quantifying the CO2 sequestration potential of giant kelp forests.

RESEARCH PAPERS

Biodiversity

Biodiversity of the Benguela Current (fauna and flora) – in tandem with/paired with the MSc on Ocean Geochemistry
Local biodiversity impact on existing coastal kelp beds – in tandem with/paired with the MSc on Local kelp beds geochemical impact.
Seabed biodiversity impact of kelp farming - impact on the pyramid abundance on biodiversity of our pilot array
Biodiversity impact of kelp farming at micro level e.g. plankton.
Biodiversity impact of kelp farming at macro level e.g. fish, squid, crustaceans, molluscs.
Biodiversity impact of kelp farming on migratory fauna e.g. seals
Biodiversity impact of kelp farming on birds.
Biodiversity impact of kelp farming on spawning species e.g. sardines. Level:
Biodiversity impact of kelp farming on the seabed under the array.

RESEARCH PAPERS

Other areas of research

Avoided emissions – quantify the avoided emissions from the use of kelp products such as bio-stimulants, bio-packaging and textiles.
Socio Economic & Livelihoods – what are the social and livelihood impacts/benefits on coastal communities of the large scale cultivated kelp forests.
Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance best Practice – what are the best practices to create a sustainable industry.
Processing - what are the most sustainable processing techniques for kelp products.