GipNet – The Gippsland Monitoring Network

CO2CRC is leading a research initiative in Gippsland, Victoria, called the Gippsland Monitoring Network, or GipNet.
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What is GipNet?

GipNet consists of three research projects led by the CSIRO, The University of Melbourne and the University of Wollongong. GipNet is designed to test and validate equipment and technologies that help potential future CCS projects monitor and, if necessary, respond to changes in the environment. Instruments are 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.

The GipNet initiative is funded by the Commonwealth Government, Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research and Development (ANLEC R&D) and CO2CRC.

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Image courtesy of CSIRO.  Photo by Carly Devine.

Seismology Monitoring Network

Seismology researchers from The University of Melbourne are currently installing seismographs across the project area. These instruments record seismic activity/movements in the subsurface and are used to determine precise locations of earthquakes, as well as identifying areas particularly susceptible to future events. Several seismographs are already up and running with data being logged hundreds of times per second.

Read more on the seismology monitoring network.


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.

Read more on the Marine Monitoring Network.

Image courtesy of CSIRO.  Photo by Carly Devine.

CarbonNet offers opportunities for new industries, jobs and investment in Gippsland.

Atmospheric Monitoring Network

Atmospheric scientists will conduct 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.

Read more on atmospheric research in Gippsland.



Potential Carbon Capture and Storage in Gippsland

GipNet learnings will support the prospective CCS project called CarbonNet. This project is investigating opportunities to establish a commercial-scale CCS network in Gippsland. CarbonNet aims to capture CO2 from industrial processes in the Latrobe Valley, compress and transport it to an offshore injection site where it will be safely stored.

CarbonNet offers significant opportunities for new industries in Gippsland and for new jobs and investment, particularly in hydrogen and fertiliser production. At the same time, it could make a substantial contribution to reducing Victoria’s and Australia’s CO2 emissions.

Find out more on CarbonNet’s website.


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