Caprock integrity of deep saline reservoirs and coupled processes

The anthropogenic greenhouse effect is becoming an increasingly alarming consequence of enormous emissions of human-made greenhouse gases, of which CO2 is emitted in the largest quantities. Geological disposal, more specifically deep saline aquifer disposal, is a potential storage mechanism to prevent its emission into the atmosphere. On-going research into the potential of aquifer disposal has identified the sealing ability of the overlying caprock as one of the most important determining factors related to its storage effectiveness over geological times.