1st Edition

The Science of Carbon Sequestration and Capture

By Frank R. Spellman Copyright 2024
    312 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The Science of Carbon Sequestration and Capture examines the current scientific underpinnings of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and provides readers with sufficient background on the basics of geology, natural science, and chemical and environmental engineering so that they can understand the current state and art of the CCS field. Moreover, this book provides a wide-ranging discussion presented in the author’s comprehensible conversational style describing the impact of CCS on climate, health, society in general, and the energy landscape. The book is directed at undergraduate and graduate students, professionals, scientists, and the general reading public who would like to gain a broad multidisciplinary view of one of the greatest challenges of our generation.


    • Aims to fill the gap of missing information in published texts dealing with the carbon sequestration and capture revolution currently underway
    • Provides an understanding of current science buttressing carbon capture and sequestration practices
    • Explains the complexities of carbon sequestration and capture systems in basic and understandable terms

    PART 1: Carbon Fundamentals. 1. Cave of the Dog. 2. Carbon Cycle. 3. Carbon Sources. 4. Carbon Sinks. 5. The Color of Carbon. 6. Adsorption vs Absorption. PART 2: Fundamental of Carbon Capture and Sequestration. 7. Carbon Capture and Sequestration. PART 3: The Green Knight. 8. Taller Than the Trees. 9. Woods-Based Biomass: Heat Energy and Weight. 10. Forest Tree Carbon. 11. Soil Carbon. 12. Soil Organic Matter and Carbon. 13. Forest Soil Carbon Disturbance. 14. Forest Carbon Status. 15. Forest SOC Disturbance: Fire Carbon is Measured and Reported at Different Scales and Units. 16. Forest Disturbance: Harvesting and Thinning. 17. Forest Disturbance: Ungulate Herbivory. 18. Forest Disturbance: Nutrient Additions. 19. Forest Disturbance: Tree Mortality. 20. Forest Disturbance: Invasive Species.


    Frank R. Spellman, PhD, CSP, CHMM is a retired U.S. Naval Officer with 26 years active duty and also a retired full-time adjunct assistant professor of environmental health at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, and the author of more than 161 books covering topics ranging from a 15-volume homeland security series, several safety, industrial hygiene, stormwater management, air pollution, and security manuals and also including concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to all areas of environmental science and occupational health and regulatory compliance. Many of his texts are readily available online at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, and several have been adopted for classroom use at major universities throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Russia; two have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, and Spanish for overseas markets. Dr. Spellman has been cited in more than 850 publications. He serves as a professional expert witness for three law groups and as an incident/accident investigator and security expert for the U.S. Department of Justice and a northern Virginia law firm. In addition, he consults on homeland security vulnerability assessments for critical infrastructures including water/wastewater facilities nationwide and conducts pre-Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)/Environmental Protection Agency EPA audits throughout the country. Dr. Spellman receives frequent requests to co-author with well-recognized experts in several scientific fields; for example, he is a contributing author of the prestigious text The Engineering Handbook, 2nd ed. (CRC Press). Dr. Spellman lectures on wastewater treatment, water treatment, and homeland security and lectures on safety topics throughout the country and teaches water/wastewater operator/regulatory short courses at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Virginia). In 2011–2012, he traced and documented the ancient water distribution system at Machu Pichu, Peru, and surveyed several drinking water resources in Amazonia-Coco, Ecuador. Dr. Spellman also studied and surveyed two separate potable water supplies in the Galapagos Islands; he also studied and researched Darwin’s finches while in the Galapagos. He holds a BA in public administration, a BS in business management, an MBA, and an MS and PhD in environmental engineering.