The Gippsland Monitoring Network (GipNet) is a network of environmental monitoring instruments deployed in Gippsland, Victoria. The assets were funded under the CCSNET EIF grant and research is funded by ANLEC R&D, CO2CRC, CSIRO, The University of Melbourne and University of Wollongong. The overall project is managed by CO2CRC and will establish the suitability of each instrument to provide novel environmental monitoring for future carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects on- and off shore.

GipNet consists of three discrete research projects led by the CSIRO, The University of Melbourne and the University of Wollongong. Instruments are being tested to prove they are reliable, durable and accurate in coastal and marine environments. These instruments measure the natural variability in air and water quality, marine health and the seismology of the region. Once successfully tested, they are intended to be deployed in the context of an industrial-scale CCS project and provide environmental data before, during and after the injection of CO2 into an on- or offshore storage reservoir.
GipNet is funded by the Commonwealth Government, the Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research and Development and CO2CRC.
Further information can be found in the GipNet factsheet.

Marine Monitoring Network

Marine researchers from the CSIRO are undertaking world-leading research to provide knowledge of monitoring coastal waters and seabed processes. Data is gathered to understand how and where dissolved CO2 and gas bubbles occur naturally in coastal waters. Passive acoustic sensors and underwater sonar systems (echosounders) provide information on bubbles; while state-of-the-art marine moorings and landers measure CO2, pH, oxygen, methane, temperature and salinity. An unmanned surface vehicle will also be trialled to determine its suitability as a monitoring tool.

Further information can be found in the Marine Monitoring Network Factsheet.

Atmospheric Monitoring Network

Atmospheric scientists from the University of Melbourne and the University of Wollongong are conducting research to validate three types of instruments, the Open-Path Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer, Spectronus and Picarro. Each is designed to measure the concentration and variability of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Further information can be found in the Atmospheric Monitoring Network factsheet.

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