IRISH SCIENTISTS are to participate in a deep sea expedition to the edge of the Continental Shelf which aims to research the impact of carbon capture and storage on marine life. Marine biologist Rowan Byrne, researcher at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and several colleagues from the Marine Institute in Galway will join international colleagues on British research ship RRS James Cook next month. The Changing Oceans expedition is led by Prof Murray Roberts of the Heriot-Watt University Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology. Mr Byrne’s remit is to study the impact of leaks from potential carbon capture systems which may be located in deep sea environments. Carbon capture and storage or sequestration is a geo-engineering solution to the impact of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which have multiplied since the industrial revolution.