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North American Carbon Storage Atlas

Project type Assessment of CO2 geological storage potential in North America
Project proponents Canada, Mexico and the United States
Project timeframe 2008 to 2012
Project locations Canada, Mexico and the United States
Federal government $1.2 million
Provincial governments In-kind support
Mexico, United States Each country was responsible for the cost of its own efforts.

Project description:

Canada, Mexico and the United States have collaborated to produce an atlas of North America that identifies major stationary sources of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and potential geological storage reservoirs for CO2. The atlas will be used to develop a comprehensive understanding of the potential for carbon capture and storage in North America. To map the CO2 sources and geological storage reservoirs, the three countries agreed on a common methodology for estimating geological reservoir capacities, an appropriate scale and resolution for the data, a data-sharing protocol, and a process for treating common cross-border areas. The project was initiated as the North American Carbon Atlas Partnership under the North American Energy Working Group but has since been expanded under the U.S.-Canada Clean Energy Dialogue.


The project facilitated the gathering and sharing of data on stationary CO2 sources and storage reservoirs among the three countries in support of a uniform geographic information system. It accomplished the objective of creating a common portal, where data from different states, provinces or organizations in the three countries can be accessed in a similar format. Having a common methodology for estimating capacity was particularly relevant for cross-border reservoirs. The atlas was published both in paper and online in May 2012.

Proponent and partners’  profiles:

Government/department Other participants
Natural Resources Canada
- Office of Energy R&D
- Geological Survey of Canada
- Mapping Information Branch
Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (formerly Alberta Research Council)
U.S. Department of Energy Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership
U.S. Department of Energy National Energy
Technology Laboratory
Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB)
U.S. Geological Survey West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (WESTCARB)
Secretaría de Energía de México
(Mexican Department of Energy)
Southwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SWP)

Comisión Federal de Electricidad
(Federal Electricity Commission)

Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP)
Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC)
West Virginia University
IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG)

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The North American Carbon Storage Atlas
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