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CO2GeoNet-URS - Universita di Roma “La Sapienza” - Fluid Geochemistry Group

With 21 faculties and over 4500 teaching and research staff, Università di Roma “La Sapienza” is an internationally recognised centre of excellent for education and cutting edge research. The group representing the university in this proposal has specialised in near-surface gas and water geochemistry since 1980, using it as a tool in such topics as basic geology (tectonics, fault mapping, volcanic processes), resource exploration (geothermal, oil and gas, mineral), pollution mapping (garbage dumps, gasoline spills), and waste disposal (nuclear, CO2). Since 2000, with the addition of a social scientist to the group, we have worked to take our knowledge and experience beyond the boundaries of the research laboratory, conducting research into science perception and dissemination.


Since 1989 this group has been involved in a total of 17 EC-funded research projects, including 3 as Project Leader. All of these have had a significant gas geochemistry component, with projects in the last 8 years concentrating on CCS (Nascent, Weyburn, CO2GeoNet, CO2ReMoVe, MoveCBM, RISCS). Within these projects we have: i) established ourselves as a world leader in the use of natural, leaking-CO2 test sites to understand gas migration, to test monitoring technologies, and to study ecosystem impacts; ii) worked extensively on industrial sites to define baseline trends and monitor for leaks; and iii) conducted research into public perception and knowledge dissemination. URS was one of the founding members of CO2GeoNet and has been highly active in conducting and facilitating joint research and integration through management of the Network’s natural test site at Latera, Italy. URS has also been active in the administration of this Network of Excellence, coordinating Spreading of Excellence Activities and serving on its Executive Committee.