Welcome to the Marine & Carbon Lab, a non-profit research group, at the University of Nicosia. As the world population grows, our oceans will play an increasingly important role as a source of food (fishing and aquaculture), for the transport of goods via ships and the provision of natural resources including oil, natural gas and minerals. Protecting our seas from pollution, noise, acidification, and warming temperatures is of paramount importance. At the same time, the supply of affordable, abundant and low-carbon energy often originating offshore demands a rethink of the prevailing energy mix. Hence, safeguarding our seas while lowering the carbon footprint of the energy sector are two of the most pressing challenges humanity is called to address.

Research activities at the Marine & Carbon Lab focus on two areas: the marine environment and energy resources. We are concerned with the physical, biological, environmental and economic aspects of our oceans and the Eastern Mediterranean in particular. Meanwhile, energy related research activities deal with the technical, engineering, environmental and policy aspects of energy resources. Our overarching goal is to bridge the gap between conventional energy sources and renewable energy while identifying the most promising solutions. We explore topics ranging from plastic debris at sea to the decarbonisation of fossil fuels to the very details of pipeline flow.

Selected Publications:

• Kylili, K., Kyriakides, I., Artusi, A., Hadjistassou, C., Identifying floating plastic marine debris using a deep learning approach. Environmental Science & Pollution Research. pp. 9, 2019; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-019-05148-4                                    • Hadjistassou C., Kyriakides E., Georgiou J. Designing High Efficiency Segmented Thermoelectric Generators, Journal of Energy Conversion and Management, 66:165-172, 2013; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2012.07.030
• Kovalchuk N., Hadjistassou C. New Insights from Shale Gas Production at the Microscopic Scale, European Physical Journal E, 41(134):1-9, 2018; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1140/epje/i2018-11741-5
• Kovalchuk N., Hadjistassou C. Fathoming the Mechanics of Shale Gas Production at the Microscale, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, pp.7, 2020; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2020.103283
• Kovalchuk N., Hadjistassou C. Laws and Principles Governing Fluid Transport in Porous Media, European Physical Journal E (EPJE), 42(56):1-6, 2019; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1140/epje/i2019-11819-6