The United States, Canada, and Mexico participate in a joint CO2 mapping initiative called the North American Carbon Atlas Partnership (NACAP). This initiative serves as an important opportunity to foster collaboration among the three countries in the area of carbon capture and storage (CCS). The goal of NACAP is for each country to identify, gather, and share data for CO2 stationary sources and potential geologic storage sites. Results of this initiative were published in the North American Carbon Storage Atlas (NACSA). The CO2 stationary sources and potential geologic storage sites in North America are also available through the geographic information system (GIS) interactive NACAP map viewer. Development of this GIS system supports the Carbon Storage Program, the objectives of the North American Energy Working Group (NAEWG), and current topics being discussed under the Canada-U.S. Clean Energy Dialogue.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and the Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER) released NACSA in April 2012. Production of NACSA is the result of cooperation and coordination among carbon storage experts from local, state, provincial, and Federal government agencies, as well as industry and academia. NACSA provides a coordinated overview of CCS potential across North America. The primary purpose of NACSA is to show the location of large CO2 stationary sources and the locations and storage potential of various geologic storage sites. NACSA is a first attempt at providing a high-level overview of the potential for large-scale carbon storage in North America.
The map below shows an example of the data included in NACSA. This data includes the magnitude and location of CO2 stationary sources and the areal extent of potential geologic CO2 storage resource for various formation types in North America.
Large Stationary Sources of CO2 and Sedimentary Basins in North America.
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More information on NACAP is available at http://www.nacsap.org and through the interactive NACSA Map Viewer.