Thesis completed – What is the potential for reducing atmospheric CO2 levels through solar-desalinated irrigated vegetation of the Sahara and Arabian deserts?

I have finally completed my MSc thesis: What is the potential for reducing atmospheric CO2 levels through solar-desalinated irrigated vegetation of the Sahara and Arabian deserts? The purpose of this thesis was to estimate how much carbon could be sequestered annually in the Sahara and Arabian deserts if those deserts were irrigated with seawater that had been desalinated using CSP, allowing the establishment of vegetation and formation of soil. Successful sequestration of carbon in this manner would constitute climate change mitigation, defined by the IPCC working group as ‘An anthropogenic intervention to reduce the sources or enhance the sinks of greenhouse gases.’ (Metz et al., 2001, p.716). The research in this thesis is restricted to carbon from CO2 emissions and does not consider other GHGs. The full thesis can be downloaded: Craig Embleton MSc Architecture Thesis.

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