Research & Development Projects

Seawater Solutions has an extensive network of academic contacts.

We are actively engaged on several R&D projects to help to provide further data of the economic and environmental benefits of wetland restoration projects. And our portfolio is growing, as companies around the world approach us to explore how our systems could help them resolve a local challenge. 

 

Find out more about some of the themes we are exploring at the moment and contact us if you are interested in working with us on any of the below challenges or starting new ones.

Carbon Capture

Coastal wetlands capture and store more CO2 per unit area than any other natural system, with some estimates going as high as 250 tonnes of carbon per hectare.

 

The latest research shows that such wetlands become even more effective at sequestering CO2 as sea levels rise. Muddy, coastal marshes are "sleeping giants" that could fight climate change, it has been suggested. 

 

Investment in artificial wetland creation can give an organisation opportunity to offset their own carbon output, plus additional revenue through carbon credit sale (through organisations such as the European Climate Exchange). Prices are predicted to rise to €65 in 2020 as demand grows.

 

Contact info@seawatersolutions.org to discuss further.

Glen Shiel Farm / Scotland / 2020

Ecosystem Restoration

Saltmarshes deliver vital ecological functions, including much needed habitat provision, for instance spawning grounds for commercially exploited fish, and habitats for plants, animals and insects.

 

What’s more, they are important for biodiversity and conservation as they can result in extensive areas of vegetation, and the mosaic of interrelated habitats make saltmarshes one of the most productive ecosystems in the world. Indeed saltmarshes are home to some species found nowhere else, and a rare example of a “primary succession” habitat. 

 

They are also home to more commonly known populations, for instance around 50% of the UK’s breeding population of Redshank, which represents about 15% of the total breeding population of NW Europe, is supported by saltmarsh habitat. Common seals have also been known to pup on saltmarsh creeks.  

 

Contact info@seawatersolutions.org to discuss further.

Saltmarsh / Scotland

Biomass Utilisation

From ruminant feed to cosmetics to airline fuel, there is huge potential to use the crop residue from halophyte production.

 

We are currently collaborating with partners across many industries to explore how to process and commercialise the remaining biomass of these extraordinary plants.

 

If you are interested in collaborating with us, contact info@seawatersolutions.org to discuss further.

Samphire field / Airshire Farm / Scotland / 2019

Coastline Defence & Managed Retreat

Wetlands are nature’s sea defence. With managed retreat of our shorelines becoming an increasingly important tool in combating rising sea levels, Seawater Solutions offer a service to create a living and self-regulating coastal barrier that can endure the most severe storms. It will also yield high value crops, sequester carbon and provide an important habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna.

 

As farmers and landowners around the world face the challenges of rising sea levels and extreme weather, wetlands provide a natural barrier – helping to protect vulnerable communities and resources, while creating jobs and income in often disadvantaged regions.

 

Contact info@seawatersolutions.org to discuss further.

Local community group / Bangladesh / 2019

Food Security

Food security is a growing global problem, and with an expected 9 billion mouths to feed by 2050 the situation is going to get worse. The United Nations has set ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture as the second of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the year 2030. 

 

Seawater Farming is one way of providing rural, coastal communities, who are often disadvantaged and vulnerable to other climate change related challenges, with a highly nutritious and valuable crop that can be grown without freshwater (another increasingly scarce resource) or connecting to power grids.

 

We have sites operating in Bangladesh to support local communities and to develop a food security model that we can transfer to other sites. If you are interested in collaborating with us to explore how saline agriculture could support food security challenges, or have potential sites suitable for transforming to seawater farms, then contact info@seawatersolutions.org for more information.

Shrimp farmers / Vietnam / 2019

 
 
 
 
 

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