We exist to fill the gaps in science around the various ecosystem services of giant kelp forests, wild and cultivated. We connect and collaborate with the best international universities and research institutions to achieve this.
Our research program will further the understanding of the ecological role of kelp forests in marine ecosystems and their impact on biodiversity, water geochemistry, their potential to sequester carbon, and the benefits of kelp products.
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
Areas of research
How much and at what rate is kelp carbon sequestered in the deep ocean forever?
Giant kelp has the potential to sequester CO2 from surface waters. Current research is indicating that this potential is larger than on land ecosystems.
The kelp carbon sequestration potential is our biggest focus area, as we aim to quantify the carbon sequestration potential by setting up models, confirming these models with biogeochemistry research and field data, and fostering the development of innovative tools and verification techniques. We want to understand how much and at what rate carbon can be sequestered in sediments and the deeper layer of the oceans for long periods of time, which can help us fight climate change.
Research papers in development
We will further the understanding of the role of cultivated giant kelp forests in marine environments by performing baseline studies, assessing their impact on existing ecosystems and their role as marine habitats. We study the potential of cultivated kelp forests to create spawning and nursery grounds.