We design and develop custom verification hardware, such as our open ocean observation platforms with integrated sensor suites, to enable accurate monitoring, measurement, and quantification of our interventions.

The sensors we use, the testing we do, and the models we run are all part of quantifying our impact, whereas how we demonstrate the outputs of those quantification components and how they lead to the results we claim helps to verify that impact.

The impacts of our interventions must conform to the relevant criteria and applicable conditions dictated by a system-specific protocol. Qualified, independent third parties may be engaged to audit and validate internal carbon removal and emissions accounting and quantification processes and results. They may ask questions like: Did we follow our protocol and deployment plans? Or, were project-specific Environmental Impact Assessments and life cycle assessments reviewed by an independent expert? This process helps ensure that we adhere to our protocols for rebalancing the carbon cycle and restoring planetary health. 

In terms of verification, Running Tide is interested in a number of questions, including: 

  • What verification hardware innovations will best improve the ability to measure and verify the results of an intervention? 
  • How can we build on and improve regionally-specific physical and biogeochemical oceanographic models?
  • What additional ecosystem monitoring tools will be needed to more effectively identify project-level impacts? 

In terms of creating industry standards for marine CDR verification, Running Tide is interested in a number of questions, including:

  • How can we ensure that the best available science is shared widely and informs the verification process? 
  • What industry standards are needed to ensure that ocean CDR projects meet the bar for responsible action in the ocean?
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