Our work is implemented in the GRASP project (Greenhouse gas Removal Apprenticeship and Student Program), one Marie Curie Research Training Network of the 6th EU framework program
(more details: http://www.grasp-co2.eu/).
The main objective of GRASP is to provide a multidisciplinary training platform for young researchers about the ambitious issue of CO2 storage. GRASP will address the key domains of CO2 storage: reservoir characterization, storage monitoring and wellbore isolation.
In order to understand the processes of the deep biosphere that will occur between the injected CO2, possible contaminants of the injected CO2 (e.g. O2, NOx, SOx), the rock substrate and the autochthonous microorganisms, different biogeochemical and molecular biological methods will be applied. Our work will focus on the investigation of organic geochemical indicators for microbial life, the availability of potential substrates for the Deep Biosphere and the possible changes that may result from the injection and storage of CO2.