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.

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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