NATCARB/Atlas

The National Carbon Sequestration Database and Geographic Information System (NATCARB) is a geographic information system (GIS)-based tool developed to provide a view of carbon capture and storage (CCS) potential.

The new interactive viewer shows disparate data (CO2 stationary sources, potential geologic CO2 storage formations, infrastructure, etc.) and analytical tools (pipeline measurement, storage resource estimation, cost estimation, etc.) required for addressing CCS deployment, providing all stakeholders with improved online tools for the display and analysis of CCS data. Distributed computing solutions link the RCSPs and other publically accessible repositories of geologic, geophysical, natural resource, infrastructure, and environmental data. NATCARB, a first effort at a national carbon cyberinfrastructure, assembles the data required to address the technical and policy related challenges of CCS.

NATCARB online access has been modified to address the broad needs of all users. It includes not only GIS and database query tools for the high-end technical user, but also simplified displays for the general public, employing readily available web tools.

 NATCARB Schematic
NATCARB Schematic (click image to enlarge)

NATCARB organizes and enhances the critical information about CO2 stationary sources and develops the technology needed to access, query and model, analyze, display, and distribute CO2 storage resource data. Data are generated, maintained, and enhanced locally at each RCSP, or at specialized data warehouses and public servers (e.g., USGS-EROS Data Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA], and the Geography Network), and assembled, accessed, and analyzed in real-time through a single geoportal.

NATCARB Viewer NATCARB Viewer 
The NATCARB Viewer allows users to browse and query data under Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (RCSP), Atlas IV, Carbon Storage Program Field Projects, CCS Worldwide Database, and Additional Project tabs.

   
Data Download and Custom Map Requests Data Download and Custom Map Requests
All map layers and data tables used to create the national estimates of CO2 stationary sources and CO2 storage resources are available for download.
   
CO2 Storage Formations CO2 Storage Formations
The NATCARB Viewer displays the location of potential CO2 injection formations in different sedimentary basins throughout the United States and Canada. These include saline formations, oil and reservoirs, unmineable coal areas, basalt formations, and organic-rich shale basins. 
   
CO2 Stationary Sources CO2 Stationary Sources
The NATCARB Viewer displays CO2 stationary source data obtained from the RCSPs and other external sources.
   
Current Activities Current Activities
The NATCARB team is working to integrate new and improved data for stakeholders. Current efforts involve updating RCSP data and integrating ARRA Site Characterization project data and NETL's CCS Database into the NATCARB Viewer.

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The NATCARB Viewer was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the U.S. Government. Neither the U.S. Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the U.S. Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. Government or any agency thereof.

The NATCARB Viewer displays CO2 storage resource data that were obtained by the RCSPs and other sources and compiled by the NATCARB team. Carbon dioxide geologic storage information in the NATCARB Viewer was developed to provide a high-level overview of CO2 geologic storage potential across the United States and parts of Canada. Areal extents of geologic formations and CO2 resource estimates presented are intended to be used as an initial assessment of potential geologic storage. This information provides CCS project developers a starting point for further investigation. Furthermore, this information is required to indicate the extent to which CCS technologies can contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and is not intended to serve as a substitute for site-specific assessment and testing. Please note that data resulting in a straight edge in the map above is indicative of an area lacking sufficient data and is subject to future investigation. States/Provinces with a "zero" value represent estimates of minimal CO2 storage resource, while states/provinces with a blank represent areas that have not yet been assessed by the RCSPs.

Information in the Worldwide CCS Database regarding technologies being developed for capture, evaluation of sites for sequestration of CO2, estimation of project costs and anticipated dates of completion for projects are sourced from publically available information. This database provides the public with information regarding efforts by various industries, public groups, and governments towards development and eventual deployment of CCS technology. This is an active database that will be updated as information regarding these or new projects are released to the public.

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